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NICOLA STURGEON and the SNP will have a "hard question" to answer to during their independence referendum campaign, as Brexit poses a huge hurdle to the First Minister's plan to rejoin the EU.

PUBLISHED: 13:50, Fri, Jan 8, 2021 | UPDATED: 13:51, Fri, Jan 8, 2021

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Brexit: Sturgeon and SNP left with ‘massive headache’ says insider

Nicola Sturgeon has been warned Brexit will create a "massive new headache" for her when and if she will be able to secure a second Scottish independence referendum. According to The Economist's Tom Nuttall, the First Minister will be faced with a border dilemma between Scotland and England should she manage to rejoin the EU as an independent nation. He told DW: "One of the ironies of Brexit is that on one hand, it gave the independence movement a wonderful new argument: we've been taken out of the EU against our will, the circumstances have changed, we deserve another referendum.


"On the other hand, the fact of Brexit creates a massive new headache for the SNP and the separatists in that if Scotland were to succeed from breaking from the UK and then rejoin the EU, then all of the sudden you have another border problem to deal with.

"Just like we had to deal with Northern Ireland and Ireland.

"What are going to be the rules governing the movement of goods, people and services across that border?

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"That wasn't an issue if England and Scotland were both inside the EU.

"It would become an issue and that would be a very hard question for the separatists to answer to in another independence campaign."

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nicola sturgeon brexit news scottish independenceNicola Sturgeon will be faced with a border dilemma if Scotland becomes independent (Image: GETTY)

nicola sturgeon snp scottish independence tom nuttallNicola Sturgeon will have to solve border issue between Scotland and England, says Nuttall (Image: DW)

Under current EU rules, any country seeking to join the bloc has to pledge to adopt the Euro as its currency and join the union’s border-free Schengen area.

It would also have to recommit to the European Common Fisheries policy giving Brussels control over Scottish fishing waters.

In a recent column for the Irish Times,

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