The fundamental instinct of the European Union will be to warmly welcome an independent Scotland as continuing member, a leading research institute said today.
Scottish Global Forum said the depiction of the EU as an organisation whose default position would be to look coldly on Scotland was a myth.
The think tank says that after a Yes vote “Scotland’s seamless transition to full EU membership” can be easily facilitated “giving Scotland the same rights and opt-outs from EU treaties that it currently enjoys as part of the UK”.
By Stan Blackley
Yes Scotland has helped to established hundreds of active local campaign groups and resource thousands of volunteers across the whole of Scotland. In the New Year, we want to better support our community campaigners, so we’ve launched our 300 Crowd crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for that purpose.
We've begun to get more sense of what a No vote means, with George Osborne, a leading figure in the No campaign, setting out key plans in his Autumn Statement today.
The Chancellor made two announcements that will have a particularly significant impact on households across Scotland if there is a No vote, reducing incomes for millions of people in both the short term and in the longer term: