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The outspoken BBC presenter used the Czech Republic, who had to commit to joining the single currency to become a member of the Brussels bloc, to make his case against Scottish independence campaigners. The SNP is committed to a reunion with Brussels if they succeed in breaking away from the United Kingdom, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on record believing such an outcome could be delivered “relatively quickly”.
Mr Neil tweeted: “The Czech Republic had to commit in principle to joining euro. You prepared to do that?
“Denmark joined EEC with Britain. No euro.
“Sweden joined 1994. NO euro.”
The political correspondent’s tweet came after a Scottish independence supporter named ‘Scottish Independence’ posted on Twitter: “How much of the military budget assigned to Scotland through GERs?
“What’s the Irish equivalent? Also, you don’t have to join the Euro when joining the EU should Scotland wish too.
“See Sweden, Denmark and the Czech Republic.”
Ms Sturgeon stepped up her campaign to drag Scotland out of the Union when Britons voted to unshackle from the Brussels bloc in a Brexit referendum in June 2016.
She has said the move would allow Scotland to leave the UK and rejoin the EU on its own.
Ms Sturgeon has cited the 62 percent vote in favour of Remain in Scotland to bolster the argument.
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Speaking to Mr Neil last year, Ms Sturgeon refused to offer a specific timescale for an independent Scotland rejoining the EU.
However, she added: “In all of my experience of discussions with different interests in the European Union I think that could be relatively quick but that will depend on the discussions we have.
“We understand the conditions we would require to meet and the discussions that would require to take place but if we’re in a position of Scotland being taken out of the European Union then we will be seeking a way back in.”
In 2018 there was a row between Holyrood and Westminster over the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill – known simply as the Scottish Continuity Bill.
The bill aimed to empower Scottish ministers to make amendments that would enable Scottish law to be aligned with EU law after the end of the Brexit transition period.
However, while the case was in the Supreme Court the EU Withdrawal Act was enacted drastically changing Holyrood’s legislative powers, and scuppering their plans.
In June, a second continuity bill was introduced at Holyrood by Scottish ministers as they continue to fight the issue.
Former European Council president Donald Tusk has previously said Brussels feels “empathy” towards an independent Scotland joining the EU.
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