Scottish Conservative Councillor Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that Spain will want to avoid setting a precedent that independent nations can join the European Union due to their ongoing issue with Catalonia. Mr Miklinski also labelled nationalism unhealthy and an introverted creed.
Mr Miklinski said: “I think any nation that has an independence issue of its own, such as Spain with Catalonia, there is no way they want a precedent set whereby they encourage independence.
“Nationalism in general across Europe, where has it ever got us moving in the past looking at history?
“Nationalism is a very selfish and introverted creed.
“Patriotism is fine but nationalism says we are better than you are.
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“That is not a healthy way to be looking at life in the 21st century.”
On Tuesday in a statement at Holyrood Nicola Sturgeon outlined her intention to submit a draft bill setting out the terms and timing of a second Scottish independence referendum.
Nicola Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in a statement that the UK Government’s decision to not seek an extension to the post-Brexit transition period strengthens the case for Scottish independence.
Scotland’s First Minister said: “COVID has presented us with significant challenges but these challenges are being compounded completely unnecessarily by Brexit.
“If this was a programme for Government in an independent Scotland, we wouldn’t have to contemplate the damage of Brexit at all.
“That is why before the end of this parliament we will publish a draft bill setting out the proposed terms and timing of an independence referendum as well as the proposed question that people will be asked in that referendum.
“Then at next year’s election we will make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, we will seek a clear endorsement for Scotland’s right to choose its own future.”