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Scottish Independence and EU Membership

Amanda Spalding
PhD Candidate at King’s College London

The referendum on Scottish Independence is due to take place on the 18th of September.  One of the most politicized and contentious issues raised by this referendum is the question of how and whether Scotland would qualify for EU membership if it were to secede from the United Kingdom. The Scottish government has argued that a simple Treaty change would be sufficient, whereas the UK government has warned that the process would be long and complex. In this article, I shall attempt to give an overview of both positions.

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