Sturgeon hatches Biden charm offensive in outrageous SNP plot to boost Scots independence

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The incoming US President, due to be sworn in later today, replaces Donald Trump who has close links with Scotland through his mother. The Scottish Government last night said they were keen to develop closer trade and cooperation relationships with the Biden administration to promote Scotland on the “world stage”.

 

Figures released by the Edinburgh administration revealed the United States accounted for around 15 percent of Scottish exports since 2015 worth around £4.6billion.

A Scottish Government source, said: “It is important to ensure our trade and policy priorities are understood and we are heard.”

They added: “However our constitutional future plays out, we certainly see a warmer relationship with the incoming Biden administration.”

Last night, the SNP led administration also stressed the importance of being included in any discussions relating to a “future UK-USA trade agreement.”

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However, tension still remains over controversial Scottish Whisky tariff after US trade officials under Donald Trump introduced crippling barriers on the sector last year.

It cost the industry £176million in the first part of 2020, according to new figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

The Scotch Whisky Association says that exports to the US have fallen by more than 30 percent in the past year, hitting brands such as Bell’s.

UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss is seeking an early meeting with US President-elect Joe Biden’s trade tsar, Katherine Tai, as soon as possible.

A senior Joe Biden transition team official told the Daily Express: “Mr Biden’s notes the international stage is important.

“We are watching Scotland and the UK, it’s important that allies look out for each other.”

The position is a slight shift in tone from outgoing President Trump who said Scottish independence would be “terrible”.

An SNP bigwig has also rallied around the new incoming President-elect claiming Scotland would have “positive relations” with Mr Biden.

Angus Robertson, former leader of the SNP at Westminster and SNP candidate for Edinburgh Central said: “Joe Biden may well be the US President when Scotland finally becomes independent.

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“As nations with close and enduring historic ties, we can look forward to positive relations between Scotland and the USA.

“The United States has had a consulate in Scotland since 1798.

“Wouldn’t it be great to welcome President Joe Biden to Scotland after we vote for our independence?”

Henry McLeish, Scotland’s second First Minister said Mr Biden was loyal and would serve America well.

The Labour ex-First Minister added “Joe Biden is exceptionally well- qualified by character, experience, temperament, and background to be President.

“Biden the person, has all the qualities Trump lacks, especially empathy, a broader humanity, and his ability, over 36 years as the Senator from Delaware, to reach over the aisle and build consensus and respect.”

Mr Biden’s inauguration as the 46th US President takes place this afternoon.

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