Scotland in the EU: The EU is an Empowering, Not a Blackmailing Tool

VerfBlog, 2014/9/10

5 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 16, 2014


It is clear that the current developments – with no regard to the concrete outcome of the Scottish referendum – open up a new chapter in the history of Europe. It is argued that the EU should not be used as a blackmailing tool to ensure that Scotland remains part of the UK: the European Union cannot possibly be construed as an instrument to punish democratically and legally sound deviations from the pre-existing reality of 28 Member States: an existing state necessarily cannot have any bigger ethical value (if any at all) compared with a newly-formed state in Europe. Unlike what Prof. Weiler submits, Scottish independence only becomes a brand of ‘Euro-tribalism’ if Scotland – either in the expression of its own will, or as a result of mounting pressure – decides not to be part of the European family of nations united in the European Union. EU law offers enough flexibility to accommodate Scotland in a speedy way. What is needed, however, is strong political will, which might be lacking.

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, Scotland in the EU: The EU is an Empowering, Not a Blackmailing Tool (September 16, 2014). VerfBlog, 2014/9/10. Available at SSRN:

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK

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