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Independent Scotland may have to reapply for EU membership

By Stephanie Gruner Buckley


A link from Financial Times

An independent Scotland might not automatically be entitled to European Union (EU) membership. Rather it could face legal hurdles, as well as opposition from EU member states if it secedes from the United Kingdom in 2014. EU bureaucrats have declined to spell out the legal position, as there is no precedent. Leaders in Spain, fighting their own battles over independent regions, have expressed a lack of enthusiasm over Scottish secession and said the country would have to “get to the back of the queue” for EU membership.