Help us, Joe! SNP launches Biden charm offensive in bid to boost Scottish independence

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It has emerged today the SNP is preparing a “diplomatic effort” to provide “reassurance” Scotland could be seen as trustworthy to the Biden administration. Express.co.uk also understands policy officials are looking at how the Biden administration could improve future relations with Scotland.

 

Alyn Smith, the party’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, said having Mr Biden onboard would increase their reach to “tell Scotland’s story”.

The Westminster MP added: “We want to make sure there are no surprises in terms of what is going to be happening with Scotland’s constitutional journey.”

Mr Smyth believes Edinburgh’s close relationship with Dublin would give leaders an “in” with the new Biden administration.

He added: “We have got all the connections with our Irish friends.

“We do not want to detract from their lobbying.

“But we also have a perspective on this, and because of their work, we also have an in.

“The Irish aspects of Brexit from a US perspective have been crucial in the discussion of future trade talks.

“We want to make sure that there is a visible Scottish angle to that.”

The MP concluded: “Relations with a Biden White House will, I think, be more cordial than they were with the Trump administration.”

Outgoing President Donald Trump has been critical in recent times of the SNP administration in Edinburgh.

Before becoming president, President Trump was asked if there should be a second Scottish independence referendum.

He stressed: “I don’t know how they can do that – go through all that again. I’ve never heard of a thing like that. It’s crazy.

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“I didn’t want to get involved in it, but people asked me and I think Scotland is better being unified as opposed to being independent.”

Two years later, President Trump said Scottish independence would be “terrible”, citing fears over the future of the Open golf championship.

He also fell out with former party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond over controversial plans for his golf course development in Aberdeenshire and wind farms.

However, Mr Biden has remained silent over the debate.

When the President-elect was asked about the Scottish referendum during a campaign trip to Iowa, he said: “I think the United Kingdom, uh, well look, I learned from Scottish friends, the last thing to do is to suggest to a Scot what he should do.

“So I’m going to stay out of that. We have a great alliance now.”

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