TIMING OF REFERENDUM ON EU MEMBERSHIP (There was a previous thread on this subject, but it seems to have “died” on 18JAN2013. http://www.arrse.co.uk/current-affairs-news-analysis/193152-eu-referendum-3.html ). The Westminster Government does seem to be allowing itself to be manoeuvred into “a corner”. “Bounced” into a position from which it has to announce, confirm, commit itself, sooner rather than later, to a referendum - throughout the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - on the continuing membership of the UK within the EU. A significant factor that has (so far), not been mentioned - and, which can and should be stipulated, articulated, by the Government - is the already confirmed referendum throughout Scotland, concerning Scotland’s continuing membership within the UK. That referendum is to be held on Thursday 18 September 2014. It is suggested that it would only be logical, rational, for the Westminster Government, to at least confirm now, that they can make NO ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the referendum on the continuing membership of the UK within the EU - throughout whatever might then constitute the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - until AFTER the result is known from the referendum in Scotland. Any “subsidiary” component (Scotland) must first be allowed to commit itself to membership of the “whole”, and thereby commit itself to the future decisions that it (Scotland) might subsequently make and contribute as a component part of that “whole”. To do otherwise would invalidate the process. If first a referendum were held on membership of the EU, it is suggested that - whatever the result - that whole process and its resultant decision would be irrelevant and non-binding on the component parts of the UK, if subsequently Scotland voted to leave the UK!! It could then be argued that the then separate component parts should be allowed to hold their own individual referendum on their own individual, separate membership of the EU. If the EU referendum were to be held first, it could rightly be argued that the influence, decision, of one - any - component part of the UK (which then subsequently decided to leave the UK), could unnecessarily and wrongly, be held to be binding of the other parts of the UK that might have voted for a different result. To summarise, Scotland and the rest of the UK must first establish and confirm the nature of their continuing relationship (if any), before they jointly (or separately) vote on their continuing relationship with the EU. Similarly, by extension of the above argument, the Shetland Islanders must first be allowed to express their own wishes on their continuing relationship with, and their continuing allegiance to, the Holyrood Government, before the referendum on Thursday 18 September 2014, concerning the continued relationship of Scotland to the Westminster Government. " It is only logical ".