As senior SNP strategists are drawing up a “prospectus for independence,” they have maintained that the relationship between Scotland and its Scandinavian neighbors would be taken to a higher level as they assert that Scotland has more in common with Scandinavian countries than the UK.
Moreover, the SNP strategists believe that it is in the interests of an independent Scotland to seek trade and defence partners in northern and eastern Europe rather than the western Europe and the Commonwealth.
“Our neighbours to the north and east have already made a good start and work constructively together. We need to join them and play our part. The UK has opted out of a serious approach. We should not,” said Angus Robertson, the SNP’s defence and foreign affairs spokesman in Westminster.
The prospectus, which will not be published in full until next year, also forms the basis for negotiations with Westminster in case the referendum on Scotland’s independence is won.
As specified by the prospectus, Alex Salmond, the SNP leader and Scottish First Minister, will ask for 9% of all UK assets, which amounts to Scotland’s share of the UK population.
Scotland’s independence has already caused concerns among the UK officials with revelations about plans by British Prime Minister David Cameron to hijack the referendum.
Nevertheless, Salmond has threatened to “sabotage” any such moves saying he would call for a boycott on any referendum orchestrated by Cameron.