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Haste Ye Back! How Scotland could return to the EU

Posted On: 16 Jun 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

The election victory of pro-independence parties in Scotland is an urgent issue for one union - the U.K. - but it may also pose important questions down the line for another: the EU.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens, which together claimed an absolute majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament, both stood on a platform of an independent Scotland joining the European Union.
Sturgeon would have to overcome many hurdles before she could arrive in Brussels to present a membership application. She'd have to secure another legal independence vote - which the U.K. government has so far refused to grant - and win it. The independence camp lost the last referendum by more than 10 percentage points in 2014 and polls suggest Scots are currently evenly split on the issue.
But if that moment does arrive, how would the EU treat such an application? And what advantages and disadvantages would an independent Scotland have in seeking membership?
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