Guy Verhofstadt’s shock verdict on independent Scotland in EU exposed

Guy Verhofstadt’s shock verdict on independent Scotland in EU exposed

Nicola Sturgeon is determined to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in 2020 but Boris Johnson is firmly resisting the pressure and has repeatedly rejected her demands. The SNP’s goal is for Scotland to leave the UK so that the country would remain part of the EU. However, Holyrood would not become independent the day after a Yes vote, so even if a referendum was held tomorrow, the transition would run beyond the end of 2020 – when the UK is due to complete its exit from the EU.

This means Scotland would leave the EU with the rest of the UK, and would need to apply to join again under Article 49 of the Treaty of the European Union.

Scottish ministers accept they would have to go through an “accession process” for EU membership and want to start this “as soon as possible”.

Over the last few years, there have been conflicting claims regarding the country’s accession to the bloc.

For example, in 2014, former EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso claimed it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for an independent Scotland to join.

Since then, though, it appears that the mood in Brussels has changed.

Shortly before the 2016 Brexit referendum, Mr Verhofstadt dismissed Mr Barroso’s claims.

The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator said: “If Scotland decides to leave the UK, to be an independent state, and they decide to be part of the EU, I think there is no big obstacle to do that.”

He added it would be “suicide” for the EU to refuse entry to people who are “sympathetic” to the EU’s aims.

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“We have only got four of them.

“In America, you can have two big states, but because you have a plethora of others, the thing can balance out.

“Trying to federalise the British constitution would depend on breaking up England, which is exactly what the EU tried to do.”

Dr. Starkey added: “I would suspect that the Union is probably unviable.

“I would regret it as a northern Englishman, I would deeply regret it.

“But I cannot see how constitutional developments can be squared.”

Published at Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0000