Sturgeon’s independence is in jeopardy due to Scottish energy demands: “We’d have to follow the UK.”
NICOLA STURGEON’S aspirations for independence were dashed after a research paper claimed that Scotland’s desire to keep energy ties with the UK would force it to follow British rules.
After forming an alliance with the Scottish Greens over the weekend, Scotland’s First Minister tried to cement support for independence in Holyrood. They are presently the only other mainstream party supporting Indyref2. It is the first time the Green Party has been elected to administration in the United Kingdom.
Many fear, however, that enlisting the support of the Greens will do nothing to persuade Boris Johnson to fulfill Ms Sturgeon’s request for an independence vote in 2023.
While the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Greens agree on a UK separation, their environmental policies are vastly different.
Ms. Sturgeon and the SNP have frequently relied on gas and oil to stimulate the economy, something the Greens reject passionately.
They’re both part of a larger discussion over how Scotland might power itself and obtain energy after leaving the UK, which has cast doubt on independence and its meaning.
The National Grid currently connects the entire United Kingdom, consisting of high-voltage power lines, gas pipelines, interconnectors, and storage facilities that allow for the distribution of electricity.
The same is true when it comes to gas transmission.
During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the SNP advocated that a single, UK-wide market for electricity and gas be maintained, as well as the formation of an Energy Partnership with the United Kingdom to ensure a coordinated approach.
“Regardless of its source, Scottish generation is now important to ensuring the lights stay on across these islands,” Holyrood wrote in a white paper titled ‘Scotland’s Future’ published at the time.
“The maintenance of a system of shared assistance for renewables and transmission capital costs among consumers in Scotland and the rest of the UK is a realistic consideration for delivering the UK’s ongoing green commitments,” the report continued.
“To retain full integration, an independent Scotland would have to agree with the continuing UK to dynamically align standards, legislation, and industry codes across the entire present Great Britain,” according to a research report published earlier this year by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
This could become “increasingly difficult” over time, especially if Scotland requires a “far larger degree of oversight,” as advocated in the 2014 white paper.Brinkwire Summary News”.