PUBLISHED: 08:46, Wed, Feb 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:57, Wed, Feb 19, 2020
A major report has warned an independent Scotland would be sidelined within the EU and forced to adopt the euro. The report ‘EU Blueprint: Pathway for Scotland's Accession to the European Union under Independence’, written by political scientist Anthony Salamone, said Scotland is in a strong position to join the EU again because it has been a member of the bloc for more than 40 years.
However he did warn Ms Sturgeon it would not be a quick process.
Brussels expert Mr Salamone said: "Scotland was previously part of the European Union for nearly five decades.
“On that basis alone, the Scottish economy is manifestly capable of forming part of the Union economy and responding sufficiently to its associated demands and forces.
Nicola Sturgeon has been warned an independent Scotland rejoining the EU could take 5 years (Image: GETTY )
“The Republic will therefore be in an extremely strong position to satisfy the economic criteria of the Copenhagen criteria."
Mr Salamone urged First Minister Ms Sturgeon to set a target of four years to return to the Brussels bloc once she has got her way to drag Scotland out of the Union.
He said: "Scotland will reasonably take 4-5 years to join the EU.
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"The Government should adopt a target to EU accession of 4 years.
“Just as Ireland