The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, recently announced that the SNP would be holding a referendum on Scottish independence in October 2014.
It is evident that if the outcome of the vote is ‘yes’, many negotiations on a wide array of national and international issues will need to take place. The division of Czechoslovakia in 1992, which required 30 treaties and 12 000 legal agreements, has shown that this would not be an easy task.
For instance, the number of MEPs assigned to Scotland as a new EU Member State could potentially differ from the current number.
In the event that Scotland were to become independent in 2014, could the Commission say how many MEPs it would most likely be entitled to? As a relatively small Member State, does the Commission expect that the number of its MEPs would be comparable to that of Malta, Cyprus, or perhaps even Denmark?