Juncker deals blow to Salmond's EU membership bid
Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30
The remark has major ramifications for the independence debate as Mr Salmond has argued that Scotland's membership would be negotiated in the 18 months between a Yes vote in September and leaving the UK in March 2016.
Mr Juncker's statement suggests Scotland would be outside the EU for at least three and a half years after quitting Britain.
Mr Juncker's remark came barely a fortnight after nationalists said he was a man they could "do business with" after a Yes vote.
Mr Salmond said yesterday that Westminster was the most significant threat to Scotland joining the EU, highlighting the appointment of the Eurosceptic Philip Hammond as Foreign Secretary. But the pro-UK Better Together campaign and unionist parties said Mr Juncker was the latest in a long list of figures to warn independence would threaten Scotland's EU status.