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SCOTLAND’S deputy first minister wants urgent talks with the European Commission on the process of independence. Nicola Sturgeon, who is leading the campaign for an independent Scotland, has been belatedly pushed into action by yet another interview where European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso reiterated his belief an independent Scotland would be outside the EU… » read more

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EUROPEAN Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has confirmed a newly-independent Scotland would cease to be in the EU and re-entry would need to be renegotiated. The fresh confirmation has come in response to questions from Scottish Labour MEP David Martin. Mr Martin asked if advice given in 2004 – that a newly-independent country would become… » read more

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FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has been branded a bare-faced liar over an independent Scotland’s position in the EU. Scots MEP Catherine Stihler went head to head with the SNP leader over a government decision to refuse a Freedom of Information request on the issue. Salmond’s number two Nicola Sturgeon has now revealed such legal advice… » read more

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AN INDEPENDENT Scotland’s membership of the EU cannot be firmed up until the UK Government makes a move, the European Commission has confirmed. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have signed the Edinburgh Agreement, giving the legal green light for a referendum on an independent Scotland. Now the starting gun… » read more

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BOOZE price hikes to combat alcohol abuse would be illegal, according to a top EU official. The SNP’s flagship policy to introduce minimum pricing was passed by Holyrood earlier this year, but needed the stamp of approval from the European Commission. Now commission vice president Antonio Tajani has turned his back on the plans, adding… » read more

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MINIMUM pricing plans for booze have come under fire from the Bulgarian Government. The 50p minimum unit price for alcohol was passed by MSPs in Holyrood earlier this year. But the Bulgarian Government has objected to the European Commission about the plans, which are expected to be given the go-ahead this month. The Bulgarian Government… » read more

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SCOTS will lose European Union membership if the country wins independence, according to EU policy bosses. Nationalists believe an independent Scotland would have no problem remaining in the European Union. But European Commission head of growth and jobs Olivier Bailly said on Tuesday the move would take the EU into uncharted waters. He said: “We… » read more

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