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Britiain's Conservative government has warned Scotland that if it chooses independence from the United Kingdom it would not automatically remain a member of the European Union.
Speaking to reporters, Britain's Minister of Europe David Lidington said Thursday that Scotland would have to reapply for membership if it chooses 'yes' to independence later this year, adding that any new state joining the European Union would require unanimity from other states as well as those remaining in the UK.
“For every other new member that has joined, we have been looking at years not months,” he warned.
Lidington said that the Prime Minister of Spain - also facing an internal battle for independence from the Spanish region of Catalonia - had stated: “If Scotland decides to walk away from the UK, she walks away from the EU at the same time and from the Commonwealth and from the United Nations and from NATO. And all those international relationships would have to be negotiated from scratch."
On Friday, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander will travel to Scotland to launch an analysis paper that will demonstrate the benefits of staying within the union and illustrate how UK embassies overseas ensure the safety of Scottish people, and promote British values.
It will also demonstrate the benefits Scottish business and economic interests will receive by remaining in Britain, such as protecting whisky from counterfeiters.
"I believe that we are safer and stronger together, and that together we can do more good in the world,” Hague said Tuesday.
The Scottish National Party released their white paper in November last year to set out the practicalities of independence.
The independence vote is due to be held September 18. Recent polls show the 'No' campaign at around 50 percent, while 39 percent say they will vote 'Yes'. A significant number, however, remain undecided.
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