‘Former president of the European Union’s finance council Ruairi Quinn has warned that an independent Scotland could be blocked from joining the EU.
“All [EU] member states have to agree before a new state can become a member. In my opinion, it is highly probable that at least two member states, maybe more, will vote no,” Quinn said in a statement on Monday.
He also cited Spain and Belgium as the countries that would probably reject the application of an independent Scotland to join the 28-member bloc with the aim of discouraging secessionist sentiment in Europe.
In the “unlikely” event that Scotland was admitted into the EU, it would be required to agree to join the euro, Quinn added.
However, a spokesman for the pro-independence “Yes Scotland” campaign noted that no country could be forced to join the currency’
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