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About a year ago, the European Commission appeared ready to accommodate Scottish independence within the EU. However, mostly they were ambiguous about this. Then Catalan independence came up and, after a month or so of contradictory statements, the official line became that secession implies EU exit. I suspect Spain pressured to harden the official line.

Then again, if the UK breaks up, couldn't Scotland be the successor state to EU membership and the rest of the UK exit? After all, on paper the Act of Union between Scotland and England was between equals...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 7th, 2013 at 04:15:53 AM EST
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England has the City, and some very useful off-shore tax havens.

If the Scots suddenly started running the tax haven scam for themselves, they could make London very nervous.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Mar 7th, 2013 at 04:28:07 PM EST
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