Scottish independence: European Free Trade Association could be EU alternative
12-011-2012 Following the visit of the SDA Deputy Chair to the Secretariat of EFTA in Brussels the following article contains EFTA's response.
Scotsman - Published on Monday 12 November 2012 00:00
SCOTLAND would be welcomed into the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if it votes for independence and then leaves the EU, a spokesman for the body has claimed.
The claim came after SNP grandees Gordon Wilson, a former party leader, and Jim Sillars, a former deputy leader, said that Alex Salmond should look at alternatives to EU membership such as EFTA whose members include Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
EFTA senior information officer Tore Gronningsater said: "Scotland could apply, but it would be a question of whether the EFTA members would like to see more members."
Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson said: "The SNP has to be straight with the Scottish people, and be clear what its idea of a separate Scotland would look like.
A government spokesman said: "An independent Scotland would adopt an approach based on international co-operation, working closely with our neighbours, our trading partners, and through bilateral relations with other nations."
A spokesperson from the SDA welcomed the claim from the EFTA spokesman.
08-11-2012: Bob, congratulations on organising the Blether at Perth to co-incide with the SNP conference. It was great to have the opportunity to discuss with local SDA members and friends the wide range of topics that were of interest to them. There we were in the George Hotel, resplendent with SDA bannersin full view of all the SNP delegates attending the fringe meetings within the hotel. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet the new Deputy Chair of the SDA who had been attending the Big Debate with Brian Taylor - being broadcast live from Perth Museum. Well done. Alex Wilson from Edinburgh.
A Blether will be held in Inverness on Saturday the 17th November at the Thistle Hotel between 2pm and 4pm -all welcome.
01-11-2012: The next Blether will be held in Aberdeen Friday on the 9th November, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Starbucks Cafe in Union Square, All members and interested parties are welcome for an informal chat which will be hosted by the SDA Deputy Chair James Trolland.
Amended membership Fee.
30-10-2012: The membership fee for Joining the SDA has been amended to a standard £12 for all.