Former European Council president Donald Tusk has said a separate Scotland would not be automatically accepted into the EU, and ‘formalities’ and treaty agreements would need to be adhered to.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“Empathy alone is not enough to avoid the rules, and that means no automatic route into the EU for a separate Scotland.
“We would have to commit to joining the euro, explain what sweeping cutbacks to public services would be made to get our deficit down from 7 per cent to 3 per cent, and accept the EU’s trade deal with the UK – risking a hard border with England.
“Nicola Sturgeon needs to start being honest with voters about this, because it’s clear that whatever you think of Brexit, we are stronger together in the UK.”