Scotland's Place in Europe after Brexit: Between a Rock and a Hard Place? A Legal Scoping Exercise

European Papers (europeanpapers.eu), Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2017

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Tobias Lock

University of Edinburgh School of Law

Date Written: June 05, 2017

Abstract

The UK’s decision to leave the EU poses a particular challenge for Scotland where 62% of the population voted in favour of remaining. This has led to calls – amongst others by the Scottish Government – that Scotland should be allowed to either stay in the EU or at the very least in the EU’s single market. In a first step this article provides an analysis in how far a differentiated solution for Scotland as part of the UK would be legally possible and whether it would be practicable; in a second step the article discusses the legal conditions under which an independent Scotland would be able to either join the EU or stay in the single market.

Keywords: Brexit; Scotland; differentiated integration; EEA

JEL Classification: K10; K19

Suggested Citation

Lock, Tobias, Scotland's Place in Europe after Brexit: Between a Rock and a Hard Place? A Legal Scoping Exercise (June 05, 2017). European Papers (europeanpapers.eu), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992549

Tobias Lock (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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