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Friday, 16 March, 2001, 14:22 GMT
SNP: Europe

Find out more about SNP policies on Europe.


The Scottish National Party says it seeks equality of status for Scotland within the European Union.

The party says independence in Europe would give Scotland a guaranteed place at the top table in the EU, while the important domestic decisions would be made in Scotland.

In 1999 the party proposed the creation of a Scottish-European joint assembly which would comprise members of the Scottish Parliament and Euro-representatives to co-ordinate Scotland's voice on issues of vital national importance.

The party also wants to see better use of the Scottish Executive's European Affairs Division to put the case of Scotland in the EU.

The SNP says it supports the idea of a confederal European Union.

This would be a forum for independent countries to co-operate and share sovereignty where it judges more can be done for Scotland by sharing sovereignty than by acting alone.

It says there will be limits to the policy areas in which Scotland is able to share sovereignty, such as taxation, public spending and constitutional affairs.

But the party believes that there is a sound case for joint co-operation in policy areas including environment and trade.

On economic matters, the party argues there are practical benefits for Scotland from joining the euro.

The SNP says that it will press the case for joining the single currency and encourage informed debate.

However, the SNP says that Scotland should only join the euro when the economic conditions are right and the matter has been decided in a referendum.

The party wants the EU to pursue new transport links that will better integrate Scotland into the continental economy.

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