A separate Scotland would be outside EU for a decade

A separate Scotland would be outside the EU for up to a decade, would have to commit to adopting the euro, and face a hard border with England, a new report has confirmed.


The Institute for Government (IfG) study states: “Under EU law, Scotland could only formally apply to join the EU once it had secured its independence from the UK, and the whole process could take the best part of a decade.”


It adds: “Joining the EU would mean Scotland joining the single market and customs union – and as a result the Anglo-Scottish border would become a new external customs and regulatory frontier for the EU.”


Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:


“An independent Scotland would find itself outside both the UK and the EU for several years.


“The reality of leaving the UK is scrapping the pound and building a hard border with our main trading partner, with devastating consequences for jobs.


“It would also mean a border between friends and families.


“We are stronger together as part of the UK, ensuring we can work together to build a successful future for every community as we recover from Covid.”


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