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Friday, 26 october 2012 | The Herald Scotland


Recommended: "EU official sounds note of caution over entry" (Herald Scotland)

We recommend the article "EU official sounds note of caution over entry" published in The Herald Scotland.

Some excerpts:

The European Commission's vice-president has cautioned against making "categorical" claims an independent Scotland or Catalonia would not be a member of the EU.

Joaquín Almunia – a fierce opponent of Catalan independence – said it would "not be honest" to say a breakaway region would be stuck outside the EU if it was independent.

Mr Almunia also insisted citizens of the EU could not be stripped of their rights just because their territory separated from a member state.

(...) Catalonia will hold a special general election next month with pro-independence parties expected to triumph.

(...) Mr Almunia, speaking in a previously unreported debate on Monday, said Mr Salmond and Mr Cameron had given Spain "a lesson in democracy".

(...) Mr Alumnia, however, fell well short of repeating claims from Spain that Catalunya or Scotland would have to remain outside the EU for a period.

He told a newspaper: "You cannot give a categorical answer that somebody who splits off would remain outside and we wouldn't know anything about them for centuries. It's not like that. If you are a European citizen you have certain rights."

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