Scotland’s place in Europe after Brexit: Between a rock and a hard place? A legal scoping exercise

Tobias Lock

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Abstract

The UK’s decision to leave the EU poses a particular challenge for Scotland where 62% of the population voted in favour of remaining. This has led to calls – amongst others by the Scottish Government – that Scotland should be allowed to either stay in the EU or at the very least in the EU’s single market. In a first step this article provides an analysis in how far a differentiated solution for Scotland as part of the UK would be legally possible and whether it would be practicable; in a second step the article discusses the legal conditions under which an independent Scotland would be able to either join the EU or stay in the single market.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-200
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Papers
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Brexit
  • EEA/EFTA
  • EU
  • Scotland
  • Secession
  • Independence
  • differentiated integration

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