European Union Membership

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 7th May 2014.

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Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

The cabinet secretary may wish to read the letter written by Viviane Reding, the vice president of the Commission, to the European and External Relations Committee. It states:

“Under Article 49 of the Treaty … any European state which respects the principles … of the … European Union may apply to become a member of the EU.”

However, it also says:

“a new independent region would, by the fact of its independence, become a third country with respect to the Union and the Treaties would, from the day of its independence, not apply anymore on its territory.”

Does the cabinet secretary agree with Viviane Reding?