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Nicola Sturgeon’s EU dreams branded ‘complete madness’ and ‘very opposite of independence’

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Nicola Sturgeon has been campaigning for a second referendum on Scottish independence in the hope that the country can rejoin the EU after Brexit but the First Minister’s plans have been branded “complete madness” by political expert George Galloway. The former Labour MP claimed that Scotland wouldn’t be independent within the EU and said the SNP leader’s plans are the “very opposite of independence”. He went on to claim that Scotland also wouldn’t be able to afford to join the Euro.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Galloway said: “It is complete madness. First of all, how independent can a country be, especially a country of five million, inside the EU? That’s the very opposite of independence.

“It would take some years to rejoin the EU.

“Scotland would potentially be, for a very lengthy period, out of the UK and out of the EU at the same time.

“If they were to join the EU, they would have to join the Euro and have to satisfy the criteria for joining the Euro.

“One of which is your deficit must be below three percent and Scotland’s deficit is 8.4 percent.”

It comes as Mr Galloway launched a new political campaign group, Alliance for Unity, to stop a second referendum.

The group has received a huge following on social media in just three weeks of its launch.

It plans to secure the defeat of the SNP in May 2021 and bring an “end to the Neverendum on Scotland’s future”.

Mr Galloway told Express.co.uk: “A coalition Government that will get Scotland off the hamster wheel that we’ve been on for 13 years.

“Our case is simple, the Scottish people have spoken.

“The referendum was literally called decisive in the Edinburgh agreement which established the referendum.

“Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon said a thousand times, maybe 5,000 times, that this was a ‘once in a generation referendum’, sometimes they even said ‘once in a lifetime’.

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“But it hasn’t even been the lifetime of a domesticated rabbit and they speak of nothing else while ignoring the dreadful situation in Scotland’s care homes, hospitals, schools.

“All the big problems that Scotland faces are completely ignored in favour of them getting their ducks in a row to have another go.”

The Prime Minister, speaking on a visit to St Joseph’s school in Upminster, insisted that the UK is “better together”.

It comes as polling indicates rising support for Scottish independence, with a Panelbase study in the Sunday Times last month putting support for a Yes vote in a referendum at 54 percent and support for No at 46 percent.

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