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Scottish Independence (EU Membership)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th February 2013.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General 11:30 am, 12th February 2013

I understand the hon. Gentleman’s message. The view that I express is the view of the United Kingdom Government, and it is backed up by the advice of Professor Crawford and Professor Boyle. The overwhelming weight of international precedent is that, in the event of independence, the remainder of the UK would continue to exercise its international rights and obligations, and that Scotland would form a new state. In those circumstances, Scotland would have to apply to join the European Union.