In the process of engaging in speculation for which the word ‘fanciful’ is another gross understatement, he may – inadvertently, I’m sure – also have torpedoed one of the arguments being put forward by his own party in Scotland. They have been arguing that any part of the UK which secedes from the rest would find itself outside the EU, with all the rights and privileges of membership remaining with the bit of the UK that’s left.
So, following that rather dubious logic to its inevitable conclusion, if England seceded from the RUK, it too would find itself outside the EU, whilst the United Kingdom of Wales and Northern Ireland would remain inside as the successor state. (We might need to borrow a monarch from somewhere else though if we want to go on using the word ‘kingdom’).
It’s nonsense, of course. The reality is that who seceded from whom would be only one factor in determining EU membership status. And English ‘secession’ is just a euphemism for the expulsion of Wales and Northern Ireland. I suppose that being expelled might help to overcome the little problemette that independence remains such a deeply unpopular idea, but only in the strange world inhabited by the First Minister is such an outcome conceivable.
Still, if supplies of whatever he’s been taking over the Christmas period could be made more widely available, Welsh politics might become more imaginative in 2013.