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PIR lecturer to advise Scottish Parliament

Dan Kenealy to advise the European and External Affairs committee.

The Scottish Parliament's European and External Affairs Committee have announced an inquiry on the Scottish Government's White Paper on Independence. The inquiry will focus on the implications of an independent Scotland continuing as a member of the EU and specifically the proposals and arguments set out in the White Paper and the document 'Scotland in the European Union'.

Dan Kenealy, a lecturer in PIR who has spent the past year researching the place of an independent Scotland in the EU, has been appointed as advisor to the committee.

Evidence sessions will be in public and broadcast live on the Scottish Parliament’s website and will covers three main strands:

1. Scotland in the EU

The White Paper states that the “Scottish Government, supported by the overwhelming majority of Members of the Scottish Parliament, believes that membership of the EU is in the best interests of Scotland.” The Scottish Government further indicates that membership of the EU “provides the best international economic framework within which to optimise the economic and social gains of independence and tackle the global challenges that we face.”

2. The road to membership and Scotland's representation in the EU

This theme relates to the process by which an independent Scotland would become a member of the European Union, the terms on which it would join and its representation in the EU following accession.

The Scottish Government has stated that its aim would be “to seek discussions with the UK, Member States and institutions of the EU to agree a process whereby a smooth transition to full EU membership can take place on the date on which Scotland becomes an independent State.”

3. Small states within the EU

This theme concerns the influence that small states can have in the European Union. It examines the Scottish Government’s view that there is a growing body of evidence that the smaller EU Member States “are relatively more successful in Council negotiations by achieving legislative outcomes closer to their preferred position than are the larger Member States.” It also covers the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland’s membership of the European Union.