Equality Nation’s petition to EU accepted for consideration
Equality Nation has just been informed that its petition to the EU Parliament on Scotland’s future has been formally accepted by Head of Unit, Libor Bohäč, on behalf of the Secretary-General of the European Parliament.
The petition, now registered under number 0042/2020, was lodged on 16th January, less than two weeks before EU citizenship was removed by act of the Westminster Parliament, using Scottish citizens’ rights to petition the EU Parliament.
The appeal from Equality Nation is that the EU Parliament agree Scotland has the right to choose its own future in Europe and that an application for EU membership would be welcome. The petition includes argument for rapid routes for Scotland to reclaim its European future, following a successful Independence referendum.
Russell Bruce, who acted as the registered petitioner for Equality Nation, explained that the appeal had also been sent to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other EU Commissioners, saying, “Our reasoning was that some parts of the petition should also be considered by the EU Commission to give weight to the views of the EU Parliament.”
“Knowing it would be some time before the Petitions Committee would consider our petition, we included a plea that it would still be given consideration after the UK left the EU on 31st January as we had submitted during the final weeks of our EU citizenship,” explained Equality Nation member, Lorne Anton.
Equality Nation was not entirely confident that its petition would get this far due to Britain’s Brexit shambles and the very high volume of petitions submitted to the EU Petitions Committee. So there is delight that its petition has been selected for consideration.