Mann: Call to Forge Closer Scottish-Manx Links


The Celtic League has welcomed comments from the Chief Minister about links to the new Scottish bloc of MPs at Westminster.

The League has urged the CM to strengthen links with the Holyrood government originally forged when Alex Salmond was First Minister of Scotland (see text):

“The Chief Minister
Allan Bell MHK
Chief Minister Office
Government Buildings
Isle of Man

13th May 2015

Dear Chief Minister,

I note your comments following the United Kingdom General Election that the Manx government has developed strong connections with the Scottish Nationalist Party government while the party was under the leadership of Alex Salmond and this ‘at least gives us the potential to have more friends in Westminster’.

I think those sentiments are very true and given that the SNP will comprise the largest unaligned bloc in the UK parliament and given the dynamic driving political, social and economic policy in Scotland the SNP government should be natural allies of the Isle of Man.

Accepting what you say about the strong links forged with the former SNP leader Mr Salmond, we would urge you to establish a similar strong bi-lateral relationship with his successor Nicola Sturgeon.

You will be aware that in February this year the Irish government moved to strengthen relationships with Scotland and Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Flanagan TD, in the course of a visit to Scotland met both the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other of her cabinet colleagues and spoke of ‘a new chapter’ in Irish Scottish relations.

I trust the Manx government will emulate this and adopt a proactive stance to improving ties between Mann and Scotland.

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League”

Related links here:

Foreign Ministers Visit Strengthens Irish Scottish Links

Flanagan: New Chapter in Scottish Irish Relation (TransCeltic)

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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