On the topic of an independent Scotland’s EU status, it is interesting to note that the Spanish Prime Minister has today been quoted as saying that a “region that would separate from a member state of the European Union would remain outside the European Union”. His view is that an independent Scotland would have to apply to become a member of the EU from outside the EU.
That position is at odds with the Scottish Government’s view (outlined in the Guide) that, although an independent Scotland would have to negotiate to become a member state, Scotland would not leave the EU at any point because those negotiations would be conducted and concluded before independence from the UK was achieved (24 March 2016 – the Scottish Government’s proposed date for independence in the event of a ‘yes’ vote).
While Tuesday’s Guide provided greater clarity on some issues, EU membership remains an issue of real controversy.
On November 28, 2013