An independent Scotland’s route to EU membership would be easier, and possibly quicker, if the SNP delayed until after Brexit
If Nicola Sturgeon thinks she can ride a wave of anti-Brexit sentiment that will carry Scotland all the way to independence as a brand new EU state, she must think again. The dream of seamlessly swapping the chilly isolation of the United Kingdom for the warm embrace of the European Union has already been dashed by an unexpected opponent – Spain.
Foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has been crystal clear about what would happen if Scotland left the UK before Brexit. “If by mutual agreement and by virtue of constitutional change Scotland ended up being independent, our thesis is that it could not stay inside the European Union,” he said this week. “It would have to join the queue, meet the requirements, go through the recognised negotiating system and the end result will be whatever those negotiations produce.”
At the very least that means an independent Scotland would spend a period outside the EU while it waited to rejoin. In the worst-case scenario, it would find its path back to the EU blocked for a very long time. Scots should remember that there is, in fact, no automatic right to membership.
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