Nicola Sturgeon believes negotiated arrangements between an independent Scotland and England could keep trade flowing over the border - your views online

"This trade thing works both ways. England is toiling for trade deals, wait and see how quick they are to trade with Scotland”

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 7:00 am

Scottish border

Nicola Sturgeon believes negotiated arrangements between an independent Scotland and England could keep trade flowing over the border.

Graham Innes

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Sorry, Covid and recovery of the Scots economy is more important than this. England will make it as difficult as possible if Scotland become independent. Also, with the EU insisting on a hard border, it is more important that ever that Scots realise these possible warnings for their future in voting SNP this election.

Ross Viviani

If joining the EU means you no longer sign treaties or hold onto signed treaties, how can a country say to its citizens that it will be able to have the same level of trade with another country when it will not be able to? That’s a real question.

Ella James

Wait... all of a sudden NS is backing down from indy. Is this because she is scared that Alba will force her hand to `really` do it? Wasn’t this indy a ploy to distract her cult followers from the real failings of SNP?

Paul Lewis

Judge me on my record in education seems to have slipped her mind. She also said that the full implications would be set out in the same way as the 2014 white paper, forgetting that in hindsight it was widely accepted as a flawed document. She then criticised the IFS findings that predicted deep financial problems for Scotland if it left the UK, but forgetting that when the IFS used exactly the same model to predict UK problems in leaving the EU she agreed with it. These Salmond inquiry-type lapses of memory seem to be becoming a habit.

Pauline Higgins

This trade thing works both ways. England is toiling for trade deals, wait and see how quick they are to trade with Scotland.

George Bird

Andrew Marr pulled her up a bit but Andrew Neil would have done a better exposure job!

James Kelly

And the EU will welcome that, the way they are just now with the UK and Irish Republic! Get real.

Paul Taylor

Of course it would. Especially if she thinks she can walk away from the union with no debt, cherry pick all the assets she wants (needs), have the UK pay all the Scottish pensioners and join the EU. Good luck with that. She is deluded if she believes there is some form of Free Trade Agreement that will allow frictionless trade between Scotland and the UK as well as frictionless trade between Scotland and the EU - as Northern Ireland has clearly demonstrated.

John Blu

Please stop being stupid. Any breakaway from the UK would take years of hardship then if Scotland went into the EU a hard border would be a 100 per cent certainty, leaving us adrift from our biggest trading partner.

Mark Glover

Nothing wrong with having a border. We’re not Ireland. We don’t have the same historical issues with a border like they do. Borders don’t stop people and trade moving if they’re free to do so. They don’t even need to take much time.

James W Quinn

I still cannot believe that so many Scots and others are brainwashed into thinking Scotland cannot possibly be a successful nation and only England can be its saviour, as without them Scotland is doomed to failure. Totally pathetic and cowardly is what it is!

Rod Colman

Whoever delivers independence, if it happens, will go down in history and that is what motivates Sturgeon and the rest, not the actual running of the country.

Iain Adams

Why are some of you people against us Scots determining our own future? You must be happy being governed by an unelected Tory government in Scotland.

Johnson comments

Downing Street has denied reports that Boris Johnson ‘said he would rather see bodies piled high’ than impose a third lockdown.

Jon Clark

The real problem here is that this is doubtless exactly what Boris said. Worse yet, these are the actual views and sentiments he holds on this. In reality, why would he care? The deaths won’t effect him, and the plebs (that’s all us lot! ) are disposable as far as he and his chums are concerned.

Danush Kovalsky

I don’t think it’s really surprising that it comes from the guy that said - “ 'I'd rather be dead in a ditch' than ask for Brexit delay”

Smith C Karen

He has such an 'unfortunate' turn of phrase.

Kevin Fawl

Nobody can really be surprised by this.