An independent Scotland could be part of the EU after Brexit without re-applying for membership if London and Edinburgh were to agree, EU officials have said.
European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said that the Commission respected the results in Scotland of Britain’s referendum, where a majority of voters supported to remain part of the Union.
The vote to Leave has led to calls for a second Scottish independence referendum. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon toured the Commission and EU Parliament yesterday in a bid to drum up support in Brussels.
Schinas said that Scotland’s bid to remain in the EU “is an issue that pertains to the constitutional order of the United Kingdom and will have to be dealt with this context”.
Officials later suggested a deal could be made but only if London and Edinburgh agreed it between themselves first.