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The UK joined the EU. Not Scotland, not Wales, and not England.
you would think that salmond would want to get a definite answer either way, before september
Without any formal process for handling the breakup of any member state, the European Commission has offered, if requested by a member state, to provide an official view on the EU's position on Scottish EU membership in the event of its independence from the UK. The Scottish Government has requested that UK Prime Minister David Cameron place this request, but to date this request has not been made.
The fact is, it was the UK that joined the EU. End of.
Stop speaking and writing in English.
Perhaps you should demand the same of our US cousins.
After all, they declared independence long ago.
you do not seem to understand is that there is nothing in the EU law or treaties to say that country seceding from a EU member state is automatically an EU member state itself.
Isn't that something you should be told, before you vote? Its kind of important... knowing whether you will be a member of the EU or not
[edited by: BeeDeeDubbleU at 10:08 am (utc) on Feb 20, 2014]
no one is stripping you of anything. You are choosing to leave yourself.
I have stated that it will be a matter for negotiation.
Scottish people are not voting this year on whether or not to leave the EU.
might also have to concede that a newly independent England+Wales+NorthernIreland will also no longer be a member of the EU and will have to apply for membership
[edited by: graeme_p at 9:51 am (utc) on Feb 21, 2014]
I do not believe the BBC is biased against Scottish independence: if anything, its culture will tend the other way.
[edited by: lawman at 11:07 am (utc) on Feb 21, 2014]
This has also brought up another question:
1) Do all Scots lose their citizenship of the UK?
2) Will any Scottish people living elsewhere in the UK be entitled to Scottish citizenship?
3) How will the appropriate citizenship (of the remainin OK or of Scotland) be determined for British citizens living abroad (bearing in mind that there are more of us than the population of Scotland).
I also wonder why Northern Ireland should stay in the UK if Scotland leaves. Its closes UK ties seem to be with Scotland.
No. Think of the UK as something like the holding company of a group of companies (with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being subsidiaries). If its spins off one subsidiary (Scotland) the holding company remains the same legal entity.
[edited by: ronin at 12:38 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2014]