Kirsty Hughes, an Associate Professor specialising in Human Rights Law, joint General Editor of the European Human Rights Law Review and Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge does not, as far as I can see use the term ‘hurdles.’
Indeed, disappointingly for the headline writer perhaps, her piece is peppered with very encouraging phrases such as:
It’s not obvious why an independent Scotland would look more problematic, as an EU candidate than say Greece after its dictatorship, the divided island of Cyprus or Latvia and Lithuania after decades in the Soviet bloc.
And independent Scotland, in this broad picture, looks well-placed to re-join as a full member state, not least having been in the EU for 47 years as part of the UK.
Yet, if independence happened in the next few years, Scotland would surely have a big advantage over many earlier EU applicants since many, perhaps most of its laws would still be aligned with EU ones.
And EU observers, asked to comment on such a scenario, frequently suggest suggest that an independent Scotland would be welcome and face a rather swifter accession process than the the more complex path facing current western Balkans candidates.
Hughes does refer to details but the clear message, contrary to the headline, is no problem.