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Speaking of Scotland, when you start talking about the 1707 Act of Union, the importance of the customs union in making poltical union stick is important. Now the incentive the customs union isn't tied to the national state. In the push by the Basques for an autonomy staute in 2005, independence was avoided because that would imply withdraw from the EU.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Feb 13th, 2006 at 10:53:50 PM EST
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