Professor Robert Hazell
Scots' hopes of automatic entry into the EU are misplaced
These questions are being explored in a new inquiry launched in the summer by the
In international law there are two forms of state succession in issue here:
Continuation If Scotland broke away from
Dissolution The UK would dissolve into two independent states, of which neither would be a continuing state.
Dissolution is the argument favoured by some Scottish nationalists, but it faces three serious difficulties. First is precedent.
The third difficulty is that dissolution is not a realistic option. The rUK would assert itself, and be recognized by the international community, as the continuing state -- albeit with territory reduced by a third. For the rest of the world, that provides continuity.
All international treaties would maintain their legal force as between the rUK and the other contracting parties. The rUK would continue to be the member state represented in international organizations such as the UN, the WTO,
The closest precedent is the dissolution of the
The EU accession process typically takes years, but
Of course, the politics of the euro might have changed by the time
The UK government has reached out to facilitate the independence referendum, leaving observers from
- European Union Gives Peace a Chance
- Great Britain: The Great Power Hangover
- Scotland: We'll Take The High Road
- Scotland: Would Holyrood Pay for Independence in Euros?
- The Nordic Model: Q&A with Håkan Tribell
- Lessons From Our Nordic Friends in the North
- The Art of Cutting the Welfare State
- Sweden: No Wonder Wallander's Depressed
- BP bounces back in Russia
- As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition
- Mimicking Breivik in Poland
- Turkish Economy Meets EU Entrance Criteria
- Spain: Catalonia and Romantic Nationalism
- Spain's Economic Crisis is Different
- Europe Loses its Chinese Cheerleader
- Europe is Divided Again: This Time It's Creditors vs Debtors
- Europe: The Politics of Fear
- Britain Must Engage with a Multi-Tier European Union
- Russia Struggles to Exert Influence in a Weakened Europe
- Russia's Internet Censorship: Not as Bad As It Looks
- Congratulations, Europe, on Winning the Nobel Peace Price
- French Favor Obama -- Which Shows They Have Much to Learn
- Would a Stronger European Federation Even Help?
- Britain's Backup Plan
- Is Putin the Russian Reagan?
- Fear and Loathing on the Streets of Athens
- How Football Continues to Influence Spanish and Italian Politics
- Breakup of Euro Would Be 'Cardiac Arrest' for Europe
- 'All the Choices are Ugly' for Europe
- European Leadership is Limp, But Merkel on Steroids is Not the Answer
- A Date with History: Germany's 1990 Re-Unification
- Tensions Between Germany and Greece Run Deep
- Germany Must Shift from Crisis Agenda to Positive Political Agenda for Europe
- Breakdown of British Euroscepticism
- Geopolitics is an Existential Issue for Poland
(c) 2012 Tribune Media Services