‘I would be the last one against it’ German MEP backs an independent Scotland joining EU

Thanks to a FoI request in November triggered by the FM on Andrew Neil we can see these two quotes from real experts which make clear the stupidity of comments by politicians and TV presenters that Scotland might struggle to re-enter the EU:

Lord Kerr, the former UK ambassador to the EU, author of Article 50, and a member of the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe has said: “The good news is that it would be a very swift accession negotiation. The sort of rubbish people talk about – back of the queue, behind the Turks– …..there is no queue. People who are declared eligible to join can join as soon as they’re ready to accept the whole of the acquis [see below]. Since the Scots would, presumably … still be applying something very close to the existing acquis, they’d be in very fast.”

You can find the full interview here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamieross/themanwhowrotearticle50saysitsballstosayscotlandutm_term=.rn7oyk2wMn#.xid10wWNny

Elmar Brok, the former chairman of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee has said: “A lot of things which we have to negotiate with the candidate countries we have not to negotiate with Scotland because Scotland has already done it. If the political agreement would be there, then the process would be relatively speedy.”

You can find the relevant article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39507794

https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-201900007967/

Footnote:

The Acquis Communautaire is the accumulated body of European Union (EU) law and obligations from 1958 to the present day. It comprises all the EU’s treaties and laws (directives, regulations, decisions), declarations and resolutions, international agreements and the judgments of the Court of Justice.

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