The Telegraph. Spanish PM: Independent Scotland would be kicked out of the EU. 27.11.2013

Scotland would be kicked out of the European Union if it voted for independence, Spanish Prime Minister says, contradicting Alex Salmond’s claims membership would be seamless

By , Scottish Political Editor

8:00PM GMT 27 Nov 2013

Mariano Rajoy said it was important that Scots were “realistic” about the consequences of a ‘yes’ vote next year and warned against “regions” of member states embarking on “solo adventures”.

Mr Rajoy’s intervention is severely damaging for Mr Salmond as it would mean Scotland having to apply from scratch for EU membership, a process that would take years, and having to negotiate its own opt-out from the euro.

The Spanish Prime Minister confirmed a separate Scotland would require the consent of all 28 existing member states, including his country, to join the EU.

The Spanish government is known to be hostile to Scottish independence as it does not want to encourage its own separatist movement in Catalonia.

His comments, made in a joint press conference in Madrid with Francois Hollande, the French President, directly contradicted this week’s Scottish Government White Paper on independence.

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Posted on November 28, 2013, in BY COUNTRY, BY DATE, BY LANGUAGE, BY SOURCE, English, November 2013, Scotland, The Telegraph, United Kingdom and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Rajoy’s bland statement, made before even reading Scoitland’s Future, received a strong and widely reported response in the Scottish Parliament! e.g.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25138254
    http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20131128/54394975338/salmond-contesta-rajoy-escocia-ue-independiza.html

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