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Independent Scotland out of the EU ?


flycatcher1

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It is said that an Independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU. Now there is a problem for some politicians.

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Aitchbee

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Evan Davies - the Radio 4 TODAY presenter, this morning, quipped ( whilst interviewing someone connected to the subject) "Would England & Wales [after Scottish Independance] have to re-apply for EU membership?".There was a deafening silence!

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bremner

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...because the line had gone dead.

Not surprisingly this is disputed by the SNP http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-20623103

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morddwyd

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It is being argued at some length.

The bottom line decision appears to be whether Scotland would be regarded as a new state or not.

A new state has to reapply, ad existing member state doesn't.

One argument is that all qualifying residents in Scotland are already citizens of the EU, with full voting rights for MEPs, and that can't be easily taken off them.

The counter argument is that Scotland may be a country, but it is not a state, within the EU meaning of the term

The politicians, and the members of this forum, will have very little to do with this one, it will be the constitutional lawyers who decide, and I don't think there will be a decision any time soon.

I personally think the question is academic!

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WhiteTruckMan

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Hang on a minute. Scotland joined the EU as part of a larger political entity. If that political entity is broken up then surely if one part is no longer a part of the EU then neither are any of the other parts also.

WTM

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