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SNP assertion over Scotland's EU entry fly in the face of facts

September 12, 2012 12:18 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as a European Commission spokesman confirms that an independent Scotland would not automatically join the European Union as previously claimed by SNP ministers and the 'Yes Scotland' campaign, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland George Lyon said:

"This is the clearest indication from the European Commission that an independent Scotland would not have automatic membership of the European Union, but would have to negotiate entry.

"Most Scots will agree that those are two very different propositions that have the potential for very different outcomes.

"The SNP's assertions fly in the face of the hardening line of European authorities as they cast their eye towards the independence referendum.

"A negotiated entry to the EU leaves an independent Scotland's relationship with Europe, contrary to what Alex Salmond claims, not within the gift of the SNP but rather a decision that will taken by the other 27 member states subject to certain terms and conditions.

"People in Scotland have the right to see the small print of those conditions before they cast their vote in the referendum."