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Scottish independence: Don’t count on it

Scotland, if independent, could not assume that rejoining the EU would be easy—or cheap

By John Kerr   February 2013

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond could find his country locked out of the EU after a secessionist success in the 2014 referendum (© Getty Images)

President José Manuel Barroso confirmed at the end of last year that if Scotland won independence from London after a referendum vote for secession, this would mean, ipso facto, that Scotland had left the EU.

This was to the chagrin of Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, who has undertaken to hold a referendum on independence in 2014, and who last year assured members of the…

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