Spanish PM warns Scots of consequences of yes vote and member state regions embarking on “solo adventures”
Spain is worried that the possibility of a yes vote in Scotland that could re-ignite the flames of independence of both Catalans and Basques. The climate of uncertainty created by massive financial crisis and mass unemployment is making Spain over-react and reported violations of international conventions when dealing with British diplomats on transit to Gibraltar are very much part of the same picture. Mariano Rajoy even went on to say that if Scotland becomes independent the EU would reject Scotland.
Scottish Alex Salmond failed to make a case for Scottish independence by saying that he wants to keep the Monarchy, the BBC, UK subsidies, Bank of England control of the Scottish economy, the Pound as national currency and also financial safeguards to get UK money if the Scottish economy collapses.
The issue of the British Nuclear Deterrent was also on the table with Alex Salmond saying there wouldn't be Nuclear Submarines making Scotland an outsider in terms of Defense arrangements. Just a few days ago, the UK government announced the demise of ship making facilities in Portsmouth while keeping options open in the Clyde and some say that such announcement was a political decision not to reinforce the argument for Scottish independence. Well, should Scotland become independent construction of British warships would automatically cease in Scotland.
The issue for Mariano Rajoy is pretty clear. The situation in Spain is already dire without adding terrorists attacks carried out by guerrillas fighting for Catalan and Basque independence.