Sturgeon is worried that German anxieties about the eurozone could prevent Scotland from joining the EU.
NICOLA STURGEON expects that Scotland will rejoin the EU after a second independence referendum, but new reports suggest that Germany may block the country’s admission due to concerns about the eurozone’s collapse.
The post-Brexit transition period ended on January 1, meaning that EU rules no longer apply in the United Kingdom. It is a new chapter in the country’s history, but not everyone in the United Kingdom is pleased with the new arrangements. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, is determined to organize a second referendum in 2021, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s rejection of her independence demands and the severe economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Ms Sturgeon reaffirmed in a recent editorial for the Irish Times that independence is Scotland’s sole path to rejoining the EU.
While Brexit has strengthened the case for Scottish independence, it has also made it more difficult to achieve in practice.
Scotland would have to reapply for membership under Article 49 of the Treaty of European Union, which specifies that new members can only be admitted by a unanimous majority of existing member states.
Spain, which is dealing with Catalan secession ambitions, is unlikely to support a newly independent state.
According to unconfirmed rumors, another surprising country that could prevent Scotland from entering the EU is Germany.
During the first Scottish independence referendum campaign, Germany did not want a Yes Vote because it feared financial turmoil and the breakup of the eurozone, according to a 2014 The Telegraph investigation by Brussels writer Bruno Waterfield.
“The SNP’s threats to default on debt unless Scotland can stay in the pound have frightened Berlin,” Mr Waterfield explained.
Furthermore, according to The Guardian, the German mood at the time was nothing but welcoming.
“Die Welt tabloid has been smirking – characterizing separatism as a ‘virus’ spreading through Europe that has already infected half of the people in ‘northern Great Britain,’ before adding, ‘All Europeans are thinking: we truly have bigger problems,’” according to the story.
“More sober newspapers like Der Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung warned of economic ramifications and expressed concerns that a Yes vote would provide the UK’s eurosceptics with the firepower they need to break the country’s ties with Brussels.”
With the eurozone in the midst of one of its greatest financial crises in history as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Germany’s resistance to Scotland’s EU membership may become even stronger.
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