Spain would welcome independent Scotland into the EU

Spain would welcome Independent Scotland into the EU Credite: Facebook

Miguel Angel Vecino Quintana, the Spanish Consul General in Edinburgh has made clear that Spain would not veto Scotland’s return to the EU should they become independent from the UK.

This comes in form of a letter by Miguel Angel Vecino Quintana in response to Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons of the Partido Popular (PP) party, who was reported as stating that Scotland would have to ‘get in line’ to join the European Union. He went on to say: “Whatever happens – and I hope that its independence never happens – Scotland will have to get in line, behind Turkey and behind Serbia to end up as an EU state.”

Spain’s stance towards Scotland joining the European Union should they gain independence was an issue back in the 2014 referendum campaign as Better Together suggested Spain would veto entry.


  1. Most people should know that the SNP campaign was, and still is, ‘Independence, within Europe’. The perverse thing is that the main argument of the unionist IndyRef campaign in 2014 was this. Only by staying in the union with England would Scotland get to stay in the EU! If it split with England it would not be allowed to remain in the EU. Spain’s apparent opposition to Scotland being in the EU at the time was used to bolster the unionist cause. Then, after the Brexit vote in 2016 when the overwhelming majority of Scots voted to remain in Europe, the whole unionist pretext collapsed.
    The Scots are not stupid. They will not allow themselves to be dragged out of Europe against their will by England’s built in majority (due to its larger population.) They will not allow their economy to be ruined by England’s Brexit if there is a way to avoid it by staying in the EU. This is something that Theresa May did not fully understand. Probably neither will her successor. The Tory argument (that a second independence referendum is not justified) is not valid. Everything changed between 2014 and 2016. Roll on IndyRef2!


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