A REFERENDUM on joining the EU could be held in an independent Scotland under plans being discussed by the SNP, The National has revealed.

The proposals would see a vote held on the terms of a membership deal negotiated between Scotland and the bloc – the idea is backed by SNP policy convener Toni Giugliano and party president Michael Russell is open to it.

Some 62% of Scots voted to remain in the EU at the 2016 Brexit referendum, and this has long been used as an argument for independence by SNP campaigners.

Speaking in April 2021 ahead of the Holyrood election, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon indicated she wouldn’t want an EU referendum after Scottish independence – and it would instead be assumed that Scots backed the country joining the bloc.

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However, six years on, it’s thought the new proposals could be an effective way of appealing to Euro-sceptics who are pro-independence.

Asked how the SNP would respond to opposition politicians criticising them for pursuing “too many referendums”, Giugliano said: “These are big constitutional questions and it is fair to have an referendum on such matters.”

Kirsty Hughes, an expert on Europe and founder of the Scottish Centre on European Relations think tank, said it is “typical” for countries to hold a vote before joining the EU.

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