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A Tale of Two Countries

Thankfully things seem to be resolving themselves in Ukraine and I hope that matters progress to a good outcome for the people.
In Scotland meanwhile there were some pretty strong arguments at the weekend in places like Auchterarder amongst old ladies who each insisted on paying for the scones and tea.

From the official EU website  European Union External Action

“The EU is seeking an increasingly close relationship with Ukraine that goes beyond mere bilateral cooperation, encompassing gradual progress towards political association and economic integration.

Ukraine is a priority partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which entered into force in 1998 provides a comprehensive framework for cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in all key areas of reform.”

It goes on

“The EU takes note of the unprecedented public support in Ukraine for political association and economic integration with the EU and remains ready to sign the Association Agreement on the basis of determined action and tangible progress on the EU’s benchmarks. To this end, important progress has already been achieved.”

By way of comparison, the official EU line regarding cooperation and membership with an independent Scotland, a country which would meet all membership criteria and which geographical area has been a member of the EU for 40 years, after the referendum can be summed up by the following statement (apologies for paraphrasing slightly):

“How about naw?”

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