Could an independent Scotland join the European Union?

28 May 2014
Graham Avery (Senior Adviser to EPC on EU enlargement policy)

The people of Scotland vote on 18 September 2014 in a referendum on the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?". The Scottish Government aims, if the result is ‘yes’, for Scotland to become independent in March 2016 and to join the main international organisations including the European Union. Would this be possible? How could Scotland join the EU? What is the link between Scotland’'s referendum on independence and a British referendum on EU membership? Why did the British Government and Parliament, strongly opposed to Scottish independence, consent to a referendum? Graham Avery, Senior Adviser to the EPC explores these questions and many more.

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