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Nicola Sturgeon has been campaigning for another independence referendum despite Scots voting against it just four years ago. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he would not give the “once in a generation” referendum another vote. But former SNP Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil has since explained the difficulties Scotland would face if it were to create a customs border between it and the rest of the UK.
Speaking to ITV’s Representing Border programme, Mr Neil said: “My argument is there would be a significant border between Scotland and England.
“You’ve got to be honest about these matters because if Scotland was in a customs union i.e. the EU and the rest of the UK was not by definition, we have to have custom barriers between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“I don’t believe people in another independence referendum will vote for that.
“There is a better alternative and that is for an independent Scotland to join the European free trade association.
“That gives us free trade with the entirety of Europe, not just those in the EU through the European economic area without the downside of being in a customs union and many other downsides in relation to EU membership.”
Former Labour MP George Galloway has also explained that rejoining the EU would cause “havoc” on Scotland’s economy. He noted that for Scotland to rejoin the EU it would also need to cut its current deficit in half.
Speaking on RT, Mr Galloway said: “If Scotland were to be allowed into the EU, they would have to slash their current deficit of more than eight percent to less than three percent, laying waste to the public sector in Scotland which would quite simply no longer be able to exist.
“From eight percent to less than three percent is a very long way indeed.
“Scotland would also have to join the euro once it was able to satisfy the criteria for joining the euro.
“That would mean there would have to be a hard border between Scotland and England.
“Not just because of the different currency, not just because Scotland would be in the EU and England and Wales would not be but because of the free movement of cheap east European labour that would flow into Scotland as a mean of getting on the bus and coming to live and work in England.
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“It would have to be stopped and there would have to be a hard border which would cause havoc for the Scottish economy which exports more than 60 percent of its good and services to England.”
It comes as Mr Galloway launched a new political campaign group, Alliance for Unity, to stop a second referendum.
The group has received a huge following on social media in just three weeks of its launch.
It plans to secure the defeat of the SNP in May 2021 and bring an “end to the Neverendum on Scotland’s future”.
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