November - Currie Rugby Club - 7.30 pm
A buffet of Nordic politics with Lesley Riddoch: broadcaster,
journalist, author, cyclist and Director of Nordic Horizons.
Lesley is one of Scotland’s best-known commentators and broadcasters; producing the
Lesley Riddoch Podcast while also writing weekly columns for The Herald and The
National, and regularly contributing to the Guardian, Scotland Tonight, and Any
Just after the European referendum the late Paddy Bort and Lesley predicted Brexit
would spark renewed interest in Scotland’s small, successful neighbours. The Nordic
countries enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of relationships with the EU - perhaps an
arrangement in there could suit Scotland?
Would an independent Scotland need full EU membership with the Euro - like Finland -
or could we better stand in the EEA ‘halfway house’ like Norway and Iceland, or stay
outside the EU altogether like the tiny Faroes?
Difficult questions about trade, freedom of movement and sovereignty have already
been tackled and resolved by the five Nordic nations, so clearly there's something for
Scotland to learn.
Lesley and the Nordic Horizons team organised a conference with speakers from almost
every Nordic nation months after the Brexit vote in 2016. Expert insights and personal
experience have given Lesley a hands-on perceptiveness that’s pragmatic and thought-
provoking, challenging, instructive, and still relevant six years on - shining Nordic light
on the debate about Scotland's post-Brexit future.
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