Nicolas De Santis featured in The Herald Scotland about Brexit, Scottish Independence and the EU brand.

Nicolas De Santis, President of global strategy think tank, Gold Mercury International, talks to Marianne Taylor about Scotland, Brexit and BRAND EU’s role in repositioning the brand of EU. De Santis is also the founder of BRAND EU, the initiative to build a better brand and vision of the EU. www.brandeu.eu

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Scotland can veto Brexit, says think tank by Marianne Taylor

SCOTLAND has the power to stop Brexit from happening, the leader of an influential global governance think tank has said.

Nicolas de Santis, head of London-based Gold Mercury International, believes Holyrood must legally be given a vote on the triggering of Article 50, meaning MSPs could choose to veto Brexit.

De Santis, a high-level advisor to the EU, told The Herald Brexit was the ultimate test of devolution and said Scotland should “fight for its right” to be an equal partner in the UK.

He added that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon faced her “biggest and most important job” in the months and years to come in a period that would “define the future of Scotland” either inside or outside the UK.

According to De Santis, a Spanish-born Italian who is also co-founder of the successful online travel agency Opodo, the recent high court ruling that the UK parliament must be given a say on Article 50 – the triggering of which is required to begin the process of leaving the EU – sets an important precedent, regardless of whether the Supreme Court upholds the decision at a hearing next month.

“The high court has told the UK Government that it cannot just unpick legislation and do what it wants without consulting parliament,” he said. “EU law is also, of course, ingrained in devolved law and that is very important.

“Scotland’s role in this is to defend its right to be part of the democratic process and understand what is best for its people.

“It needs to put pressure on to ensure this democratic process is followed. And if it is followed, I don’t think Brexit can happen.

“Theresa May’s government is trying to override the devolved nations and that is politically significant. They are basically saying they don’t care about devolution, that the UK Government will simply do just as it pleases. This attitude is, frankly, unbelievable.

“And it may take the UK constitution to breaking point.”

Gold Mercury International was set up in 1961 by De Santis’ father, Eduardo, and has works with businesses, institutions and governments around the world.

De Santis, who has been advising the EU for more than 20 years and heads Brand EU, an organisation promoting the benefits of EU citizenship, recently had what he describes as an “open and informative” meeting with former First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss Scotland’s position.

But he warned that the EU could not openly support Scotland’s wish to remain part of the EU as it “cannot be seen to get involved in an ‘internal’ matter. It deals with sovereign states, that is the reality”.

He insisted, however, that Scotland could still influence the outcome.

“Scots should not view Brexit as a fait accompli,” he explained. “Scotland should do what it needs to do politically and legally to exercise its rights. Its role is to guarantee that the devolution it received actually means something.

“This is the biggest and most important job Nicola Sturgeon is ever going to have. This will define the future of Scotland.

“And it opens up very big questions. Either the UK creates a real constitution that clarifies these matters and possibly creates a federal system or it will break.

“In 2014 I didn’t want to see Scotland leave the UK. But at that time I did not conceive of Brexit, and that the devolved nations would basically be told what to do.”

Describing the aftermath of the Brexit vote as “a mess, like watching a bad soap opera” De Santis said the past six months demonstrated that pro-Brexit Tories either did not understood the complex nature of membership of the EU, or were prepared to mislead the public about what leaving would mean and rely on “stupid rhetoric” and anti-EU propaganda.

He is now doubtful that leaving the EU is actually possible, despite the Prime Minister’s assurances that “Brexit means Brexit”.

“The EU is comprised of thousands of small items that together create something huge,” he explained. “One by one you have to remove laws, treatise, agreements – I don’t see it as possible in modern times to easily extricate yourself from this, economically or socially.

“The problem is the Brexiteers told people it would be possible, but they didn’t say how it would happen. The leaked memo we saw last week highlighted that they had no idea what they were doing.

“Now Theresa May now has problems everywhere she looks. This conspiracy of a few has opened Pandora’s box.”

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Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury, meets Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of Spain.

Mr De Santis met H.E. Mr Ömer Önhon, to discuss the situation in Turkey, the European Union, and the forced migration crisis affecting Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.

Turkey is a regional power and a critical ally in the region for Europe. It is in the interest of the EU and Turkey to develop even closer economic and diplomatic ties for the future”

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

On 15 July 2016, a coup d’état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The coup failed after forces loyal to the state defeated the rebel faction of the Armed Forces.

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Phoenix TV News, China’s biggest independent TV Channel, interviews Nicolas De Santis on Brexit and NATO

Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International, was interviewed by the largest Chinese independent international broadcaster, Phoenix TV, on Brexit, the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit and the State of World Affairs.

Brexit causes great concern in China due to the large Chinese investments in UK and Europe. China is the EU’s second trading partner with over 1 billion dollars of daily trade.

On the upcoming NATO Summit, De Santis explained that it has a full agenda. Top priorities for the NATO Warsaw Summit potentially include: the migrant crisis; the Ukraine crisis; future NATO troop deployment in Poland and the Baltics; negotiations with new potential NATO allies (Georgia, Serbia, Ukraine); future NATO (and U.S.) presence in Afghanistan; Islamic State strategy; Libya and the Mediterranean; Cyber warfare and a potential NATO naval fleet in the Black Sea.

NATO Chiefs past and present have supported that NATO prefers the UK to remain in the EU. The European Union is considered a bastion of stability in this very unstable world and now is not the time to create political and economic instability within European countries. If article 50 of the EU Treaties is triggered, it will extend that uncertainty in UK and Europe for decades”

Added Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International and Founder of BRAND EU.

On Phoenix TV
With 56 news bureaus and production teams located worldwide, Phoenix TV is a multi-channel television broadcaster with presence in China, Europe, North America and Hong Kong. It currently has an audience in excess of 360 million worldwide.Phoenix internet website (www.ifeng.com) is ranked top in broadcasting platforms, ahead of BBC.com and CNN.com.

 

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Nicolas De Santis talks to CNBC Italy on the aftermath of Brexit and what it means for Europe and the world

A sleepless and exhausted Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International and founder of BRAND EU, the European Union brand Centre, talks to CNBC Italy in front of the UK Houses of Parliament on the Brexit vote and its potential implications.

On Thursday 23 June, the British people turned out in great numbers to vote for the EU referendum. Brexit won, with 51.9 per cent voting to leave the European Union and 48.1 per cent voting to stay. Nicolas De Santis presents his views and analyses the UK’s EU referendum campaign, Brexit and the potential future scenarios and immediate repercussions for Europe and the rest of the world.

There is a lot of uncertainty over what the consequences of Britain’s departure from the European Union will be and how Brexit will change the world, but it’s safe to say that the impact of Brexit will spread beyond the United Kingdom’s borders and will affect markets worldwide.

Said Nicolas De Santis, Founder of BRAND EU and President of Gold Mercury International.
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Spanish Financial Newspaper Cinco Dias features Nicolas De Santis

The President of Gold Mercury International, Nicolas De Santis, was featured in the leading Spanish financial newspaper, Cinco Dias.

The article discusses his work on the new LOS40 project, which will transform the international music radio station brand into a digital and entertainment powerhouse. The interview also covers Nicolas De Santis’s work on the BRAND EU Centre and his efforts to avoid Brexit in the UK.

Link to interview on cincodias.com

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LA SER Radio interviews Nicolas De Santis about LOS40 Radio Project and Brexit

Nicolas De Santis was interviewed by star presenter Javier Del Pino in the ‘A Vivir’ programme, which draws a record audience on weekends.

Del Pino and De Santis discussed the new vision and transformation of LOS40 into a digital entertainment company. The interview also covered Nicolas De Santis’s work on the BRAND EU Centre to re-invent the brand of the EU and his efforts to avoid Brexit in the UK.

 

Link to article on cadenaser.com

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CNBC Interviews Nicolas De Santis on Brexit and EU Referendum

Nicolas De Santis was interviewed by presenter Angela Antetomaso of CNBC Italy to discuss the impact of Brexit on the world, and the present situation in the UK with regards to the EU referendum.

De Santis explained that the EU referendum will be a very close race until the very end, as both camps fight for people’s hearts and minds as well as votes.

 

 

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Nicolas De Santis Live On CNBC On Consequences Of Brexit

Gold Mercury President and BRAND EU founder, Nicolas De Santis, was interviewed on CNBC Italy by anchor Angela Antetomaso to discuss the key issues related to the upcoming EU referendum in the UK.

 

BRAND EU is the independent brand marketing champion of the EU, acting as a research and communications centre to promote the EU brand in Europe and the world. On the upcoming UK referendum on the EU, Nicolas De Santis said that via its BRAND EU programmes, Gold Mercury International will do everything possible to change the negative image of the EU in the UK.

The negative repercussions of a BREXIT are global and far reaching. It will destabilise economies, international security. BREXIT benefits no one except our enemies. So far we have been successful with BRAND EU in creating a communications base to build a campaign from. Brexit is a possibility as the issue will be put to the vote of the public. One of the biggest issues is that in the UK we have a brutally Eurosceptic media which will stop at nothing to sell papers and influence people in a negative way towards Europe. Hopefully the British public will be able to make their own mind up, do their own research, otherwise, we could be sleepwalking out of the EU and into oblivion. We will do the impossible to avoid it”.

De Santis had previously forecasted in the same CNBC programme in June 2015 on the impossibility of a Grexit saying:

Greece has been lent €240 billion so far and is in a technical bankruptcy, or let’s call it a ‘controlled bankruptcy’. Its lenders need to keep flowing funds into Greece while giving it more time to get its house in order and agree a payment schedule that allows the country manage its internal politics and funding needs. The world does not want a Grexit and neither do the majority of the Greeks”.

To watch the recording of the live interview click here.

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Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury meets Ambassador of Tunisia to the UK

Mr De Santis met H.E. Mr Nabil Ammar, to discuss the state of Tunisia, the Arab Region, the European Union, and broader issues of International Affairs and Global Governance.

Tunisia has achieved something unique and exemplifying, not only for the country, the region or the Arab world, but for the whole world. Tunisia has given an important lesson of national unity and sets a path that many regions and parts of the world that are currently in trouble should follow”.

said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.

In December 2010 the fire of the Arab Spring sparked in the Republic of Tunisia. Despite terrorist attacks, Tunisia continues to establish democracy, based on national dialogue and a model of peaceful change.

Embracing the values of freedom, dignity and justice, the country has recently adopted the greatest constitution in its history including many rights for women. Besides, thanks to the successful compromises achieved by the various parties, Tunisia has proved that Islamism and secularism can coexist and even establish a government. As a result, this transition could be defined as a good example of Global Governance, showing that a democratic approach to governance can prevail and work in the Arab world.

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Nicolas De Santis meets President Lula of Brazil

Gold Mercury President, Nicolas De Santis met former President of Brasil Lula da Silva in Madrid as part of the Forum of Emerging Markets.

President Lula and Mr De Santis discussed the importance of the EU as a critical actor in global governance. “President Lula understands the miracle of global governance that is the EU. He calls the EU a patrimony of humanity, for its role in bringing peace to Europe and stability to the world” said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury.

Both aim to meet again in 2016 to discuss and collaborate on think tank activities and the BRAND EU project by Gold Mercury.

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