European Union

Answer:
Setting up embassies and consulates together with joining international organisations will establish Scotland as a nation. Making political and trading treaties with other countries and organisations will be important. None more important than if it is decided to join the European Union.

Full answer here: International relations after independence



Answer:
The borders will be determined by agreement with England initially.  There remains a hard border between Scotland and the EU.  If Scotland were to join the EU, there will be a hard border between Scotland and England, although it to be hoped there will be an agreement as with Ireland for free movement of people between the countries.

Full answer here: How will borders with England be determined?



Why an independent Scotland might have second thoughts about joining the EU

Author / Creator: Derrick Wyatt

Media type: Article

Date published: 2022

An independent Scotland would be a net contributor to the EU budget


5 Things You Need to Know About Labour’s Latest Vow on Constitutional Reform

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: Blog

Date published: 2022

"Dishonest, vague, lacks solid commitment, and continues the Brexit power grab."


The Euro Has Never Been More Problematic

Author / Creator: Yanis Varoufakis

Media type: Video

Date published: 2019

The Euro is not separate from Brexit.  Varoufakis argues against three statements: 

Europeans are better off as a result of the Euro

Euro was a useful and helpful instrument during European crisis,

Euro is a success story

 


Renewing democracy through independence

Author / Creator: Scottish Government

Media type: Report

Date published: 2022

People who live in Scotland have the right to choose how they should be governed 


Brexit and the union: Territorial voice, exit and re-entry strategies in Scotland and Northern Ireland after EU exit

Author / Creator: Nicola McEwen

Media type: Article

Date published: 2021

The Brexit vote and subsequent process have exposed the limitations of devolution, and unleashed new exit dynamics. 


Scotland's New Choice: Independence after Brexit

Author / Creator: Eve Hepburn

Media type: eBook

Date published: 2021

 Opportunities and  challenges surrounding the prospect of independence for Scotland in the light of changes since 2014.


A Better Nation: The Challenges of Scottish Independence: The Challenge of Scottish Independence

Author / Creator: Simon Barrow

Media type: Book

Date published: 2022

Drawing on a range of original thinkers from a wide range of backgrounds, the book tackles key issues about money, culture, equality, energy, borders, jobs, Europe and other ‘big questions’ head on.


Scotland’s EU Debate The Essential Questions on Membership of the European Union under Independence

Author / Creator: Anthony Salamone

Media type: Report

Date published: 2022

The question of potential Scottish EU membership is a foundational aspect of the independence debate today. 100 questions on re-joining the EU


An EU border across Britain: Scotland’s borders after independence

Author / Creator: Katy Howard

Date published:

Membership of the EU would require some form of hard border between Scotland and England.


Smaller States’ Strategies and Influence in an EU of 27: Lessons for Scotland

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: March 2020

Smaller EU member states can develop their European strategies and tactics, set priorities and build alliances, and  some lessons for Scotland’s European strategy are available from their experiences.


An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Report

Date published:

This report brings together the views of...what an independent Scotland’s accession process to the EU might look like and what the implications of independence in the EU, while the rest of the UK remained outside the EU, might be


Independence in the EU in the Covid Era: Prospects for Scotland

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2020

Covid has not changed Scotland's position in relation to applying for membership of the EU. If Scotland were to choose independence through a constitutionally and legally valid process, then it would be eligible to apply to join the EU.


European Union Views of the UK post-Brexit and of the Future EU-UK Relationship

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: June 2021

This paper analyses how the UK is currently perceived across the EU, how the future EU-UK relationship is considered in the medium term, and how the UK’s constitutional strains are understood. 


Europe is our Oyster. Scotland's Accession to EFTA, EEA and/or the EU

Author / Creator: Peter Sellar

Date published: 2021

The EU is not the only possible European option for an independent Scotland. Two other options are available:  joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or the EU


Would an independent Scotland have to use the Euro?

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Date published:

‘No. Scotland would not have to use the Euro.’ 


European Union Views of the UK post Brexit and of the Future EU-UK Relationship

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2020

This paper analyses how the UK is currently perceived across the EU. How the future EU-UK relationship is considered in the medium term. And how the UK’s constitutional strains are understood. Trust in the UK has been severely damaged. There is also substantial Brexit fatigue and frustration. There are different views on whether and how fast a stronger relationship could be built in the future. If Scotland chose independence in a legally and constitutionally sound context, then there is broad openness to Scotland having a normal accession path to the EU.


Scotland’s European Relations: Where Next?

Author / Creator: Kirsty Hughes

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2021

The Scottish government’s European strategy aims to maintain and develop Scotland’s European relations in Brexit environment. And to Focus on issues of common interest, including the climate emergency, wellbeing, innovation and human rights.  For now, Scotland’s European relations are rather positive despite the impact of Brexit. Yet they are also strongly affected by the state of EU-UK relations which currently are difficult and fractious – and UK-Scotland constitutional tensions


Busting the last of the myths around independence. Open Minds on Independence #20

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

Date published:

This article looks at myths about Scottish independence.

MYTH 7: Nationalism is by its very nature a bad thing

MYTH 8: An independent Scotland would be last in the queue to join the EU

Myth 9: You can’t hold a referendum without Westminster’s “permission”

Myth 10: Independence for Scotland would abandon the rest of the UK to permanent Tory rule