October 17, 2013
The opinion of the European Union institutions that Catalonia and Scotland, after seceding, would have to reapply for EU membership has no basis in the European treaties.
Nor does the UN Charter envisage dispositions with regard to secession.
The treaties are also consistent with automatic succession of both the seceding state and the rump state.
We don’t have to point out that this isn’t the view in London or Madrid.Open Europe blog team