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Andrew Neil exposed huge flaw in Sturgeon's EU plan: 'Scotland won't vote for euro


The Scottish First Minister said this week she does not intend to hold a separate referendum on whether an independent Scotland should join the EU. Ms Sturgeon said it was not her policy to hold a stand-alone vote on reversing Brexit if Scotland became independent in 2026, a decade after the first EU vote. However, she said she wanted to rerun the independence referendum by 2023, or nine years after the first Union vote. Her comments came as she launched the SNP manifesto today, which said a vote for independence would mean “escape from Brexit”.

The debate around Scottish independence and its various challenges has raged on for years, but former BBC Journalist Andrew Neil may have pinpointed a key issue for the SNP.

In a 2013 speech, Mr Neil raised a key issue which could impact Ms Sturgeon’s plans today – the possibility of Scotland joining the eurozone and adopting the currency.

He said that Scotland “won’t vote for the euro”.

The Scottish First Minister has previously said Scotland would not adopt the euro while joining the bloc.

Asked in 2019 if Scotland would change to the euro, Ms Sturgeon said: “No, I don’t think it would.”

She added: “No we wouldn’t and there are examples in the European Union today that prove that’s not the case. Sweden, for example, joined the EU after the so-called requirements to join the euro were in place.”

However, Belgian MEP, Philippe Lamberts told Express.co.uk last year the SNP will change its tune once in talks with Brussels.

The co-President of the Greens in the European Parliament said: “Any new member state has to adopt the euro, I know that the SNP are revisiting their scenario depending on the outcome of a referendum.

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She said: “Although the EU accession process is clear in theory, things tend to shake out differently in practice.

“Every candidate is different and, as France has recently shown by blocking the accession of Albania and North Macedonia, politics can intrude and things can get messy.”

She also raised concerns over what would happen to Scotland in the transition period between leaving the UK and applying for EU membership.

This could be even more complicated if the UK has diverged significantly from EU rules post-Brexit by the time independence is secured.

Dr Hughes added: “Might Scotland effectively stay part of the future UK-EU trade deal, if there is one? Otherwise, Scotland could face trade barriers going up in all directions on its first day of independence — the opposite of a supportive European welcome.”


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