MEPs Back ‘Swift, Smooth, and Orderly’ EU Accession for Independent Scotland

Sputnik News – April 10, 2017

Fifty politicians from across Europe have signed a letter calling for the “swift, smooth, and orderly” application for EU membership for a Scotland independent of the United Kingdom, following the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, allowing for the UK to exit the EU.

The letter, an initiative of Scottish Green Party Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Ross Greer and German Green MEP Terry Reintke, is addressed to Holyrood — the home of the Scottish Parliament — and signed by parties from across the political spectrum from the EU Parliament, national and regional parliaments, assemblies and senates.

It also gives a commitment to assist an independent Scotland with a “swift, smooth, and orderly” application for European Union membership.

Last month Green MSPs voted for Scotland to have its say over the Tories’ Hard Brexit, giving the Scottish Government a mandate to seek permission from the UK government to hold an independence referendum.