Scotland boasts unofficial EU ‘embassy’

THE EU’s more centralist governments – the UK, for example – can stop Brussels dealing directly with the regions, but they cannot stop the regions increasingly dealing directly with Brussels.

Scotland is a classic case. While UK Prime Minister John Major insists subsidiarity stops at member state level, the Scots (and the Welsh and Northern Irish) are increasingly taking what has become known as the “Westminster Bypass” and setting up their own missions in Brussels.

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