European lawmakers say independent Scotland can join EU

A group of 50 European lawmakers have signed a letter to express their support for Scotland joining the European Union if the Scottish people vote for independence from the UK, in the wake of Britain’s exit from the bloc.

The open letter was sent to the Scottish government on Monday by lawmakers from several EU states, including Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Belgium.  

The letter was signed by 26 Members of the European Parliament, as well as members of national and regional parliaments.

“If Scotland were to become an independent country and decided to seek to maintain EU membership, we offer our full support to ensure the transition is as swift, smooth and orderly as possible,” they wrote.

“Scotland would be most welcome as a full member of the EU, with your 5 million European citizens continuing to benefit from the rights and protections we all currently enjoy,” the letter said.

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