'Bad luck for Scotland' - Journalist explains why Spain will be obstacle on EU entry

Spain fear a Catalonian breakaway, and fear a Scottish move might trigger trouble at home

Spain fear a Catalonian breakaway, and fear a Scottish move might trigger trouble at home

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Journalist Amparo Polo says that Spain will be one of Scotland's main obstacles to joining the European Union. 

Following the vote which will see the UK exit the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been adamant to ensure the country remains within the union.

She was in Brussels to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday and has repeated her pledge to protect Scotland's EU status.

However, she faces an uphill battle, with both France and Spain opposing it. 

Polo, who works as the London correspondent for Spanish financial newspaper Expansion, explained how the premier Mariano Rajoy was always going to be against the idea.

"Spain has a long opposition to breakaway states in Europe," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "There is a powerful movement in Catalonia, which is committed to leading it to independence by next year.

"All mainstream Spanish parties are against this, therefore Mr Rajoy will be against any kind of proposal, including the idea of giving Scotland special status without declaring independence.

"He knows he holds a battle over Scotland's fate. Honestly I don't see any Spanish politicians moving away from this position, so bad luck for Scotland at this point."