Spanish MEP Backs Scotland's EU Bid Amid Changed Brexit Landscape

Spanish MEP Domenec Ruiz Devesa expresses sympathy towards Scotland rejoining the EU, citing changed circumstances since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Devesa suggests Scotland's independence and EU membership could be possible if the Scottish people decide to pursue it.

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Spanish MEP Backs Scotland's EU Bid Amid Changed Brexit Landscape

Spanish MEP Backs Scotland's EU Bid Amid Changed Brexit Landscape

Domenec Ruiz Devesa, a Spanish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and president of the Union of European Federalists, has expressed sympathy towards Scotland rejoining the European Union (EU). In a podcast interview, Devesa stated that Scotland's situation has changed significantly since the 2016 Brexit referendum, where 62% of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU, compared to the UK's overall remain vote of 46.6%.

Devesa emphasized that the conditions have objectively changed for the Scottish people, as they voted to remain in the UK when it was a member of the EU, but now the UK is no longer part of the bloc. "This is not exactly what they voted for. They voted for Scotland to remain in the UK, when the UK was also a member of the EU. Now, a fundamental part of the equation has changed," he said.

Why this matters: The potential for Scotland to rejoin the EU has significant implications for the future of the UK and the EU, and could set a precedent for other regions seeking independence. As the UK navigates its post-Brexit landscape, Scotland's bid for independence and EU membership could have far-reaching consequences for trade, diplomacy, and regional identity.

The Spanish MEP expressed support for Scotland rejoining the EU should independence be achieved, saying, "I hope they would not delay [rejoining the EU] if independence is to come back. Of course, it is up to the Scottish people to decide." Devesa also suggested that a new referendum about being part of the UK could be possible in the future, "because the terms of the contract have changed."

Devesa's comments come as Scotland continues to explore its future, international connections to strengthen its path to independence. A recent conference titled "Our European Future 2024" held in Stirling brought together youth leaders and politicians from Scotland and nine European countries to discuss Scotland's ideas for shaping a better Europe and addressing challenges like the climate crisis, economic inequality, and the rise of the far-right.

The Spanish MEP's sympathy towards Scotland's EU aspirations is notable given the complex relationship between Catalonia and Spain. Devesa compared Scotland's situation with Catalonia's, highlighting that Scotland was able to hold a recognized independence referendum within the UK's constitutional framework, whereas Catalonia's 2017 referendum was not recognized by the Spanish government.

As Scotland continues to navigate its post-Brexit future and explore the path to rejoining the EU, Devesa's comments suggest that there may be growing sympathy and support within Europe for Scotland's independence and EU membership ambitions. The Spanish MEP's perspective underscores the significant shift in circumstances since the 2016 referendum and the potential for Scotland to forge a new relationship with the EU should it choose to pursue independence.