Independence a matter for people of Scotland says Luxembourg

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Luxembourg has said that independence is a matter for the people of Scotland and that any future Scottish EU membership will be decided by all of the members of the EU.

In a statement to Newsnet Scotland, Jean Asselborn said of the 2014 referendum:

“As we are all facing serious economic and social challenges, this is a time for solidarity between Member States of the EU and within Member States, rather than for going separate ways.

“This being said, Scotland’s constitutional future is a matter to be decided by the people of Scotland.

“But its future within the EU is a matter for the whole EU and can thus only be determined with the agreement of all Member States.”

Newsnet Scotland had asked Luxembourg whether it agreed with the Scottish government that Scotland could negotiate its continued membership from within, or whether a newly independent Scotland would – as suggested by pro-Unionists – find itself outside the EU.  However Mr Asselborn declined to confirm his government’s view on that specific question.