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Parliamentary questions
17 February 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Statements by the President of the Commission on Scotland and the Union (2)

In statements to the British public television broadcaster (BBC) the President of the Commission, Mr Durão Barroso, has said that the adhesion of Scotland to the EU, in the event that it voted for independence, would be ‘extremely difficult, if not impossible’(1).

On what provision of the EU Treaties and other legislation does Mr Durão Barroso base his position in order to threaten current citizens of the Union, who wish to stay that way, with the loss of their citizenship?

On the basis of the arguments used by Mr Durão Barroso it would appear that the Union owes more to Member States than to the citizens who form it and their democratically expressed wishes. Does the Commission agree with this assessment? On the basis of what arguments?

(1) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26215963

Original language of question: ESOJ C 309, 11/09/2014
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