Scotland’s right to EU membership 'very clear' says former EC Director General
by a Newsnet Scotland reporter (20 Feb 2014)A former Director General of the EC has said that an independent Scotland has "a right" to EU membership and that Scottish people are already citizens of the European Union.
Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee, Jim Currie said that "An independent Scotland has a right to be an EU member."
The former official said it would be difficult for any member states to block membership, adding, "I don't see that happening, it’s not in anyone's interests for that to happen."
"I think that one has to start form the position that Scotland territorially is already part of the EU. I think that one has to start from the position that Scotland's people – Scottish people – are already citizens of the EU and I think that does make a difference to how it will colour the discussion." He told the committee.
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