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Nicola Sturgeon EU dream in tatters – SNP chief told Scots will see through ‘sheer lunacy’

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Alan Sked said Scottish voters should be aware that irrational thinking and acting “is fast becoming the guiding philosophy of the EU”. In an article published by Think Scotland, a think tank, he argued that the soaring cost of repairing the eurozone economy from the pandemic will completely undermine the EU’s standing.

He said “intelligent Scots should beware” that “all the signs are that irrationalism is fast becoming the guiding philosophy of the EU.”

He added: “If it was enraged by Brexit, its loss of control over its vaccine rollout has brought about sheer lunacy.”

As Europe braces for a third wave and millions more are placed under new lockdown, the UK is looking forward to the expected lifting of some restrictions over the coming weeks.

Mr Sked said not only has Europe been hit hard by Covid deaths and infections but its political landscape has been altered during the epidemic.

He said the frustrations from vaccine sceptics and Europeans fed up with lockdowns “threatens to undermine the ruling political order in Germany and France”.

He continued: “In Germany a week ago the ruling CDU came second and third with between only 24 per cent and 26 per cent of the vote in its former strongholds in Rhineland-Westphalia and Baden-Wurttemberg and it could well lose the German federal election in September.

“Macron looks set to lose the French presidency next year.

“And he certainly deserves to.

“But that may be the least of Europe’s worries.

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“The cost of Covid and the inability of the euro area to cover it, might yet undermine the EU altogether.”

Last week the vaccine row between the EU and Britain erupted when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen threatened to ban jab exports to the UK.

This week both sides issued a joint statement to say they are working together to “create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all”.

Meanwhile Ms Sturgeon is facing setbacks of her own on the independence front.

As the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader kicked off her campaign for the Holyrood elections on Thursday a new poll showed a dip in support for an independent Scotland.

The Survation survey conducted for the Press and Journal showed the highest level of backing for the “No” side since late 2019.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said they would vote to stay in the UK against 49 percent who backed leaving.

The poll was carried out from March 11 to 18.

A total of 1,536 Scottish adults took part. 

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