Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission’s UK representative, savaged Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of a special Brexit deal and suggested the Scottish Government would have no place in the negotiating process at all.
The Eurocrat also confirmed Scotland would be put to the back of the queue if it tried to join the crumbling Brussels bloc.
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She said: “The negotiations will be with the United Kingdom and that means essentially the Westminster Government.”
The Commission rejected hopes of Scotland being able to “inherit” Britain’s EU membership and said it would be in the same position as other prospective members, such as Serbia and Montenegro.
Ms Minor said: “Were Scotland to become independent they would join that list.
The First Minister's Brexit hopes have been dashed by Ms Minor's words.
“It would presumably not be too difficult for Scotland compared to, say, Montenegro.”
The representative confirmed that as a new member, Scotland would eventually have to join the euro.
Ms Minor’s words come as a major blow to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has previously claimed Scotland would keep the pound if the country joined the EU.
Sturgeon has previously said Scotland would keep the pound.
Labour and the Scottish Conservatives have called on the SNP to be “honest” with voters about how long it might take to become an official EU member state.
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins told the Sun: “This is a senior figure telling the SNP what it needs to hear.
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“For all its moaning about Brexit, it knows fine well an independent Scotland would not simply step into the European Union.”
The SNP reportedly said it was “quite clear” Ms Minor was saying Scotland wouldn’t have too much difficulty joining the bloc.
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