Comment posted English Democrats open question of how much North Sea oil is really Scotland’s by Dave Coull.
I am neither a member nor a supporter of the SNP. But I have to say that this article contains a lot of nonsense.
It has always been recognised that some oil is in English waters. Just not very much. There is nothing new about that. But now a ridiculous claim is being made to try to hugely extend that “not very much”.
So what if the group now trying to stake a claim to oil reserves in Scottish waters calls itself “the English Democrats”? Both Adolf and Uncle Joe were members of political parties with “Democratic” in their titles. The “English Democrats” claim has no validity in international law; and, in treating this nonsensical claim seriously, the article is playing a dangerous game by muddying perfectly clear waters.
Adolf also called for an ‘independent and impartial tribunal’ to come to ‘a binding determination’ of his claims to, for instance, the Sudetenland. And when he didn’t get a tribunal which met HIS definition of “independent and impartial”, he just grabbed what he wanted.
Scotland was indeed robbed (by Maggie Thatcher’s government) of substantial resources in Scottish waters. Suggesting that to allow a more limited form of that robbery to continue now would be “only fair” shows a very strange idea of fairness.
And no, we don’t need to wait for “a final determination on this matter”. The legal position is already quite clear.
There should be a referendum on the question of independence, yes or no. AFTER that referendum delivers a decisive “yes” (as I’m sure it will), then there will be negotiations with the British government, conducted by delegates appointed by the Scottish Parliament. There will be many things to negotiate about. But what counts as “Scottish waters” won’t be one of them. That is already crystal clear.
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