An MEP has written to key players in the independence referendum urging them to make a joint approach to the EU in order to clarify the situation should Scotland vote Yes in the 2014 independence referendum.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith (pictured) has urged Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to seek clarity from the EC.
Anti-independence parties have been urged to agree a “joint position” with the Scottish government on what will happen after the independence referendum, following a key recommendation by the Electoral Commission.
After ten weeks of interviews, testing and analysis, the EC commissioners have today released their report which makes three key recommendations.
Media reports suggesting Ireland’s European Minister has said that an independent Scotland would be forced out of the European Union and have to apply for membership have been denied by the Minister herself.
Lucinda Creighton has said that remarks she made on Friday in response to questions from BBC Scotland reporter Raymond Buchanan had been “misconstrued”.
Alistair Darling’s Better Together campaign is “in tatters” and has been “impaled by its own arguments” the SNP has claimed after UK Prime Minister David Cameron bowed to pressure from within his own party and promised a referendum on the UK’s EU membership.
In a speech yesterday the Prime Minister pledged that the Conservatives, if returned to government at the next UK general election, will offer the electorate the opportunity to take the UK out of Europe in a straight Yes/No referendum.
In the speech that the Prime Minister was due to deliver on Friday – and let me record my support for David Cameron's decision to postpone it because of the pressing urgency of the Algerian crisis – he was reportedly going to say that the UK risked "drifting towards the exit" of the European Union.
A leading American professor of international law has said that Scotland and the remainder of the UK (rUK) will be treated as "co-equal successor states" in the event of independence.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Professor David Scheffer suggested that both would be treated equally by the European Union in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum and that a "pathway" would be constructed to ensure continued membership of both with minimal upheaval.