IndyRef2: Liam Fox discusses ‘future of Scotland’
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Five year’s after the UK’s momentous decision to leave, the bloc’s first ambassador to Britain said rows between London and Brussels would continue for years. And speaking with delight at pro-EU separatists in Scotland, he warned the UK could implode in the future.
Hinting at the potential break up, he said the UK must be “ready for change”.
“I don’t know what our relationship will be in 20 years’ time,” he said.
“I don’t know what the EU will be like in 20 years.
“And maybe I don’t know what your Union here will be like in 20 years’ time.
“Who knows? So we have to be ready for change.”
He told The Times: “I’m proud of the support the EU has and the European project has in Scotland.”
While a majority of Brits voted to leave the single market, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to Remain.
In total, 62 percent of voters north of the border said they would rather continue to abide by EU rules compared to just 38 percent who said they wanted out.
Nicola Sturgeon seized on the results to demand a second referendum on the country’s place in the UK.
The SNP has pledged to hold a fresh vote before the end of the current Scottish Parliament.
Mr Vale de Almeida also used the anniversary to call upon the Government to fully implement to Northern Ireland Protocol.
He said Brexit was “done, in a way, but not done, in another way”, saying the withdrawal agreement was not being properly imposed by ministers.
“The best way to respect Brexit is to implement Brexit,” he said.
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“It’s a living animal. It requires permanent attention and permanent investment.
“It requires trust, trust and trust. That should be what we are focusing on, but there’s not trust right now.”
The EU has complained the UK is breaking an International treaty by failing to properly place customs checks on some goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland.
Under the Brexit deal signed by Boris Johnson in 2019, Northern Ireland is effectively still in the EU single market.
Ministers have claimed the deal is having a detrimental impact on the UK’s internal market and is putting the Good Friday Agreement at risk.
There was a breakdown in trust earlier his year when the UK took unilateral action to extend the grace periods on some checks.
It has threatened to similarly suspend other customs checks which are due to come into place at the end of the month.
The UK and EU are currently in talks to find a solution to the problems caused by the Protocol.
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