Can Scotland withdraw and remain in the EU?

Rose, Richard (2016) Can Scotland withdraw and remain in the EU? The UK in a Changing Europe, London. (

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For the Scottish government the twin goals of withdrawing from the UK and remaining in the European Union are challenging but potentially attainable. The prospect is not a unicorn vision like the belief that it is possible to leave the EU while keeping current benefits of remaining in the single European market. The Scottish government’s strategy is about sequencing: withdraw first from the UK so that an independent Scotland can then remain a member state of the EU.


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