Scotland 'naive' about joining EU says McCrae
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Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow and former Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament, said Scotland should be more like Wales. He called on Scotland to demonstrate “collaborative unionism” and to try and fix the issues in the UK.
The academic claimed Wales is “much more at ease with itself than Scotland”, as it does not try and fight England.
He said after returning from two weeks’ family holiday in Pembrokeshire: “I was struck by how comfortable and confident Wales is at wearing both elements of its identity at once.
“Everywhere you go the Welsh flag and the union flag are flown together.
“Wales is distinctly not England, but it does not measure its Welshness in units of anti-Britishness.”
Prof Tomkins noted “once upon a time, Scotland was much the same” as Wales, but Scottishness “has now become much angrier, asserting itself by reference to what Scots are not (we are Scottish not British) rather than by accommodating and embracing both at the same time”.
Writing in The Herald, Prof Tomkins said Wales’ “sense of pride in strong national identity is both palpable and ubiquitous”, but it is not “us-versus-them”.
The academic then blasted both the Scottish and UK Governments for “failing to engage with each other because of the demand for independence on the one hand and a refusal to concede any power on the other”, saying: “Each position is as thoughtless as the other.”
Prof Tomkins also wrote “the current structure of the UK state is astonishingly poor at managing shared governance in practice”, which he said Wales is aware of.
He added: “It is the Welsh who are leading the thinking on the future relationships our governments will need to have with one another.
“But their work is like tumbleweed in the corridors of power in both Edinburgh and Westminster.”
It comes as Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford warned Boris Johnson is in danger of “sleepwalking” towards the break-up of the United Kingdom.
He then told the House of Lords Constitution Committee the Welsh Government was a “rather vanishing creature”, in that it still believed in the UK.
In a warning to Mr Johnson, the First Minister said: “The state of the Union is under the greatest pressure it has ever been in my political lifetime.
“In the current UK Government we face for the first time in the history of devolution a Government that is instinctively hostile to devolution.”
In April, pollsters Savanta ComRes carried out a survey on Welsh independence and found a slim majority of support for staying in the Union.
The pollsters found 42 percent of those surveyed would vote for Welsh independence in a referendum.
However, 49 percent would vote ‘No’ to Welsh independence in a referendum and 8 percent were undecided.
The survey was carried out from April 23 to April 28, with 1,002 respondents.
Meanwhile, support for Scottish independence has slipped in recent polling.
A Panelbase poll, for The Sunday Times, found just 48 per cent of people – excluding the don’t knows – would support independence if a referendum were held tomorrow.
The poll of 1,287 adults aged 16 and over, released on June 27 also found just 19 percent of respondents believe an independence referendum should be held within the next 12 months.
Another 35 percent support a vote in the next two to five years.
Professor Sir John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, said the results indicated “a cooling of the independence ardour” since the Holyrood elections in May.
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