Europe awaits Scotland’s independence vote

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“Should Scotland be an independent country?” Over 4 million Scots are set to go the polls on Thursday to answer this question and decide whether or not they want to stay part of the United Kingdom.

Despite increasing pressure from the media in recent weeks, the EU has been noticeably silent before the independence referendum.

“We will await the decision of the Scottish people and decide what is the appropriate form of reaction. So I can’t anticipate anything at this stage. Now we just do what is our role, namely to respect the decision of the Scottish voters when it takes place.” said European Commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hanse.

In 2012, Commission President José Manuel Barroso said that an independent Scotland would no longer be part of the Union, as EU treaties would not apply to the new territory.

The results of the vote will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning.

Despite the ‘no comment’ from Brussels, a “yes” vote would be a ‘headache’ for the EU. It could encourage other European regions, such as Catalonia in Spain, to split from EU member countries.

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