Sturgeon’s hopes were dashed when Spain’s decision on EU membership was revealed: ‘Join the queue!’
NICOLA STURGEON believed Scotland would leave the UK and join the EU automatically before Brexit, but Alfonso Dastis, Spain’s former Foreign Minister, informed her she would have to “join the queue.”
On a record turnout of 63 percent for the Scottish Parliament elections, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish Greens gained a total of 72 seats in Holyrood – 10% higher than the usual turnout for a Scottish Parliament election. The election triumph is a pressing matter for one union, the United Kingdom, but it may also raise major questions for another, the European Union, in the future. Both parties campaigned on the idea of a united Europe if Scotland became independence.
However, before Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, could get membership, she would have to overcome other obstacles.
Following the outcome of Indyref2, Scotland would be required to reapply for membership in the EU under Article 49 of the Treaty of European Union.
New members may only join the bloc with the consent of all current members, and an independent Scotland would likely ruffle some feathers.
Spain is already dealing with secession demands from Catalonia, so many people believe it will be reluctant to endorse a newly independent state.
Spanish leaders have consistently expressed opposition to Scottish independence throughout the years.
Ms. Sturgeon received a harsh warning from Spain’s former Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis in 2017, as she attempted to quit the UK and join the EU automatically.
“Our premise is that Scotland could not stay inside the European Union if it became independent via mutual consent and constitutional change,” he stated.
“It would have to enter the line, meet the standards, negotiate through the established system, and the end outcome would be whatever those negotiations produce.”
Prior to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, ex-Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told his government that an independent Scotland could only apply to join the EU as a new state from outside the organization, as he warned against regions of Europe embarking on “solo adventures in an uncertain future.”
Mr Rajoy’s statements were considered as an effective veto on speedy Scottish accession to the EU while his administration was facing an election in late 2013, before Scotland formally sought independence.
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