An independent Scotland would take 4-5 years to rejoin the EU, according to an important new report today.
And he warns that Scotland would actually be forced to adopt the euro or have its influence reduced within the EU.
The report, entitled The EU Blueprint Pathway for Scotland’s Accession to the European Union under Independence, was published by political scientist Anthony Salamone in Edinburgh.
It urges Scotland to join the Brussels bloc after a Yes vote, as this would be in the country’s “economic, social and geostrategic” interest.
Scotland will be in a “strong position to meet the political and economic dimensions” of EU membership, the report adds.
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“Scotland’s membership would not pose a challenge to the EU’s integration capacity,” he says.
And although the duration of the accession process is not defined, this would not happen immediately.
“Scotland will reasonably take 4-5 years to join the EU,” he adds.
“The government should adopt a 4-year EU membership target.”
In the meantime, Scotland should seek to broker an “Association Agreement” on issues such as customs and trade.
The majority of Scots (62%) voted to stay in the EU at the 2016 Brexit referendum, but the weight of votes south of the border swung the result in favor of Leave.
Nicola Sturgeon asks for the right to hold a new independence referendum this year in response to Brexit and would try to rejoin the EU after independence.
The Scottish government insisted that it has no plans to join the EU’s single currency if it becomes a member state. The report acknowledges that the EU would not require Scotland to join the euro at a “particular time” and it will be for Scotland to determine this problem.
But new members must eventually “participate fully” in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) which includes joining the euro.
“The euro area is a key aspect of the Union and the locus for most of the dimensions of future political integration,” he adds.
“The longer the Republic remains outside the euro, the less influence it will have on its functioning and, by extension, on the Union.”
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