BBC Newsnight: MEP warns Scotland rejoining EU will have ‘consequences’ for bloc

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Professor Clara Ponsatí appeared on yesterday’s BBC Newsnight to discuss Spain’s crackdown on pro-independence movements in Catalan. When asked by Emily Maitlis whether Scotland would be welcomed to the EU, the MEP suggested it would be “a simple case”

In the interview, Prof Ponsatí said an independent Scotland joining the EU could be significant for Catalan and other states calling for independence.

She told Newsnight: “I do think if Scots were to deliver a verdict of independence, Brussels would concede Scotland’s candidacy as a simple case would say.”

She then suggested it would have “wide reaching implications, because if Scotland can have a referendum and the authorities in Brussels take that as an acceptable possibility, how come other peoples in Europe” cannot hold independence referendums.

Ms Ponsatí added: “That would have consequences for sure.”

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that an independent Scotland will rejoin the EU as a priority should they win a referendum.

The First Minister’s SNP have recently developed the “Steadfastly European, Scotland’s past, present and future strategy” which outlines how the Scottish Government will move forward with a second independence vote and rejoin the EU in an independent Scotland.

The document says the Scottish Government “profoundly regrets” both the UK Government’s decision to leave the EU and the “terms on which that is happening.”

Edinburgh officials added in the document: “It is under no illusions as to the gravity of those choices – imposed on Scotland, not made by Scotland.”

However, they stressed the Scottish people had the “democratic right” to decide whether a better “future is as an independent country or country presently within the voluntary union of the UK.”

But Bavarian MP Markus Rinderspacher, the Social Democratic Party European spokesman said the return of Scotland to the EU is still up in the air, and is conditional to London agreeing.

He added: “When the Scots declare that they want to become an EU member after they have held an independence referendum and, in the end, London agrees, then we would of course welcome it.”

Martin Böhm, an Alternative for Germany MP, added: “We see the United Kingdom as a community and I have concerns as to whether it will be so good for the future of this federation if the United Kingdom splits apart.”

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