Support our Nation today - please donate here
News

Scotland to stay in British-Irish council with Wales and others after independence says Nicola Sturgeon

08 Jul 2022 3 minute read
The British-Irish Council met today. Picture by the Welsh Government

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland would remain in the British-Irish Council if the country voted for independence.

The SNP leader took in several meetings this morning with other heads of state, including the First Minister of Wales, chief ministers of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, and the Irish Taoiseach.

Speaking at a press conference following the 37th summit held in Guernsey, she claimed a vote for independence would not come at the sacrifice of good relations with other nations in the British Isles.

“An independent Scotland would still be part of the British Isles and therefore, very much a part of the British-Irish Council,” she told journalists.

“I want to use this forum as a way to illustrate the continuing relationships that will be strong and valued and valuable when Scotland becomes an independent country.

“The only thing that will change is Scotland will no longer be a devolved Government around the table, we will be an independent Government.”

Nicola Sturgeon added that Scotland would always remain part of a “family of nations”.

‘Not popular’

On the agenda was the cost-of-living crisis, climate change, support for the people of Ukraine, and the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as urban planning to regenerate towns.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Today, I joined other leaders in Guernsey for the 37th British-Irish Council, an opportunity to strengthen relationships and discuss issues that affect our nations.

“We discussed the cost-of-living crisis, climate change and many other important topics.”

Nicola Sturgeon and the other delegates said that while there was some acknowledgement of what Boris Johnson’s resignation would mean for their respective nations, the events in Westminster did not overshadow the summit.

Giving her thoughts on the situation, which ultimately led to the Prime Minister agreeing to step down on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said: “I’m obviously only speaking personally here but I would hope that a new prime minister does lead to a reset on some of the discussions around the Northern Ireland protocol, and to some of the wider discussions around Brexit.

“I hope that notwithstanding developments in recent days, and the necessary process now to elect a new leader of the Conservative Party, the new prime minister, we don’t see an interruption of necessary steps to help with the cost of living, which becomes ever more pressing by the day.

“It’s no secret that Boris Johnson was not an overwhelmingly popular prime minister in Scotland, I think that’s probably the most diplomatic way I can say it. So there will be, you know, a sense of relief that that is changing,” she added.

“Boris Johnson is a prime minister that Scotland did not vote for about to be replaced by another prime minister that Scotland did not vote for, and the democratic deficit issue that comes with Westminster Government for Scotland is systemic and it is about more than one individual prime minister.”

Ms Sturgeon’s Welsh counterpart, Mark Drakeford, used the moment to repeat his call for a general election, saying he believes the decision should be put “into the hands of the people to whom we are all responsible” so that the next government has a clear mandate.


Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gareth
Gareth
5 months ago

Contrast her attitude against that of Westminster. It is like a glimpse into the future, while Westminster lives in the past.

Ieu
Ieu
5 months ago

Isle of Wight?

Roderich Heier
Roderich Heier
5 months ago
Reply to  Ieu

I’m sure it should have been Isle of Man.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
5 months ago

This is the future. The future is of a British Isles consisting of independent countries working very closely together. If England does not want to take part – so be it.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
5 months ago

Good move, she could sit at the table laughing at whoever represents a Westminster controlled Wales.

Dafydd
Dafydd
4 months ago

Who is the first minister of the Isle of Wight?

mikeal123
mikeal123
4 months ago

haha no way.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Scotland has every right to remain. Being part of any British-Irish council when it becomes independent. It simply would go through a name change. Scottish/Irish – British council, and when Wales becomes independent and Northern Ireland is reunified with the Republic would cease to be. Also being a part of the council isn’t dependent on Scotland staying in any British Union because Ireland itself is an independent nation. And seeing the it’s voluntary Ireland could easily walk away if Scotland was cynically denied its input by London (England) as done when Wales , NI & Scotland were excluded from Brexit… Read more »

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.