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SNP admission over EU negotiations means Scotland could lose out

December 6, 2012 11:34 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Following the Finance Secretary's admission that Scotland would have to negotiate with the European Union following independence Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:

"The growing weight of opinion surrounding an independent Scotland's place in the EU has forced the Scottish Government to admit it will have to negotiate its terms of membership if Scotland opts for independence.

"Any negotiation could affect the terms Scotland currently enjoys, such as exemption from the Euro, the Schengen agreement and the receipt of a European Rebate worth £290 million each year to Scotland.

"Those negotiations will be subject to legal and political considerations.

"But as those negotiations won't take place until after the referendum the SNP are expecting voters to vote in the dark.

"The First Minister is telling Scots to vote first, ask questions later."