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Scottish independence: EU ‘correction’ for Salmond

Alex Salmond quoted the professor in support of the case for seamless EU transition. Picture: Gareth Easton

Alex Salmond quoted the professor in support of the case for seamless EU transition. Picture: Gareth Easton

  • by ANDY PHILIP
 

An ACADEMIC adviser to the pro-union Better Together campaign has hit back at the First Minister in a row about an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union.

Alex Salmond quoted Professor Jim Gallagher in support of the case for seamless EU transition within 18 months.

However, in a letter to Mr Salmond, Prof Gallagher wrote: “I have consistently said that’s too short for all that needs done. Imagine trying to buy a house when the seller knows you have no choice about the entry date.”

Responding to a challenge from Tory leader Ruth Davidson at Holyrood last week, Mr Salmond quoted the academic: “It seems pretty likely Scotland would be an EU member state probably, after an accelerated set of accession negotiations.’’

The professor’s letter said: “You should have spotted that I was talking and have only ever written about accession, not treaty amendment..”

A spokesman for the First Minister said: “The fact is that his (the professor’s) admission – that any requirements to join the euro or Schengen ‘can surely be avoided’ and that Scotland’s membership of the EU would be agreed in an ‘accelerated timetable’ – have undermined key arguments of the No campaign.”

 

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