Secessionist conflict expert, Dr James Ker-Lindsay, has said an
independent Scotland will be fully integrated into the international
community within months
Scottish independence: Independent Scotland will be full part of international community within months, says leading expert
Dr James Ker-Lindsay of the London School of Economic, who is an expert on 'secessionist conflict' has said that Scotland would become a 'fully integrated' member of the international community within months of becoming an independent state.
The development is a serious setback for Unionist politicians and no campaigners who have argued that an independent Scotland would be isolated and cast adrift from the world's corridors of power.
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Conversely, yes campaigners will cite the comments as evidence of their belief that Scots have nothing to fear from Scotland joining the other independent nations of the world.
Responding to Dr James Ker-Lindsay's comments Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said: "Dr Ker-Lindsay's comments are further confirmation of our position that an independent Scotland will play a full and valuable role in the international community.
"This applies equally to the EU as well as international organisations such as the UN. Common sense, underpinned by a wealth of expert opinion, makes this abundantly clear."
Mr Ker-Lindsay's comments come only days after a top European Commission official, Graham Avery, who is Honorary Director-General of the European Commission and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, confirmed that an independent Scotland will continue to be a member of the European Union (EU) and will not have to re-apply.
Mr Avery, one of the UK's most experienced academic authorities on European affairs, has provided written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee at Westminster. In it he states: “Scotland’s five million people, having been members of the EU for 40 years, have acquired rights as European citizens.
Timeline on Scotland's EU status debate:
July: Scottish Government is ordered, under Freedom of Information laws, to reveal whether it had sought legal advice, regarding Scotland’s EU membership, and what this advice was. The SNP appeals the decision.
September 10: Following a probe by Italian federalist politician Mara Bizzotto on the issue of EU membership when regional states leave member states, EC president Jose Manuel Barroso suggests that the EU citizenship would have to be "negotiated within the international legal order".
September 12: Spokesperson for the EC, Olivier Bailly, sparks fears of an excluded Scotland by stating that newly independent states will have to apply for membership. He clarifies that his comments were in relation to Catalonia, and should not be applied to Scotland.
September 13: First Minister Alex Salmond and Labour leader Johann Lamont clash over the issue of whether Scotland will automatically be accepted into the EU, in light of Barroso’s comments. Salmond states: "We are not in the position of a country which is not part of the European Union, and that means of course there have to be negotiations, but the crucial point is that these negotiations take place from within the context of the European Union."
September 14: Salmond promises to make Scotland’s EU membership status clearer when the Scottish government publishes its white referendum paper next year.
September 16: SNP welcomes reports from an EU insider that Scotland would be considered an asset and welcomed into the EU by nation states.
September 20: Scotland’s Court of Session sets dates in December for a hearing about whether the Scottish government must disclose if it received advice about its EU membership. A ruling is due in the New Year.
September 21: Labour MSP Helen Eadie accuses Holyrood’s committee convener Christina McKelvie of attempting to “gag” her over demands for an inquiry into legal advice received by the Scottish Government.
October 2: Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) Viviane Reding insists there is no law that says Catalonia should leave the European Union (EU) if it becomes independent. The report comes after Lord Wallace of Tankerness, Scotland’s Advocate General, stating: “the likely consequence is that Scotland would have to apply to join the EU. If it joined the EU, it would do so on terms, and it is those terms which would create considerable uncertainty about the future of Scotland outside the UK.”
October 18: At the 78th Annual SNP Conference, Alex Salmond states that Scotland is “bidding to become Europe’s newest country”.
October 23: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon states “The Scottish Government has previously cited opinions from a number of eminent legal authorities, past and present, in support of its view that an independent Scotland will continue in membership of the European Union but has not sought specific legal advice.” Political opponents accuse Salmond of lying, quoting a previous interview with Andrew Neil where he admits they had received advice. Salmond retaliates by accusing rivals of selectively quoting the interview.
October 25: The Scottish Government announces that they will not be publishing the legal advice it receives. Sturgeon states that the White Paper on independence “will be entirely consistent with the legal advice we receive.”
October 30: SNP face mounting pressure to clarify Scotland’s post-referendum stance with the EU.
- October 31: Graham Avery, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, states that an independent Scotland will continue to be a member of the European Union (EU) and will not have to re-apply after the referendum.
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