The British Prime Minister, who has organised the referendum and acknowledged its validity whatever the result, had asked the Scottish people for a negative vote during his speech on the 1st of January 2014. The debate was then rekindled regarding the currency in use. On the 13th of February, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, underlined that if Scotland ever got its independence, the new Scottish government wouldn’t be allowed to use the British Pound as its currency.
Finally, on the 16th of February 2014, the European Commission’s President tried to give the last straw by stating the EU will not accept the new Scottish state as a member. He then explained his words by saying that « it would be extremely difficult to have the agreement of all the other member states to the integration of a new member coming from an existing member state ». He compared the Scottish case to the Kosovo example, highlighting that this nation wasn’t recognized as a state and couldn’t ask for EU membership. However, the Scottish ruling party (Scottish National Party) quickly underlined that Kosovo wasn’t part of a European State, which is therefore very different from Scotland.
Hence, we are witnessing a new kind of process. The European Commission commenting on States’ internal affairs, something it didn’t dare to do for the Catalan question. While some might question the motivations of the Commission’s President and see an electoral manœuvre, the question of a potential Scottish State in the EU remains unanswered. A lot of elements are rising up against Scotland, while it is only following a democratic process. All scenarios are however still possible given the approximate stance of both the European Commission and Westminster on the EU membership question as well as on the use of the British Pound.
The appointment is set for the 18 September.