Under EU treaties, new countries have to apply to join the EU.
So a Scotland that had broken away from Britain would have to apply to join the EU, despite what the SNP claims.
But the remaining part of Britain could also be deemed to be a new country.
There is a danger that if Scotland voted to split Britain apart, the EU would seize its chance to press a weakened remainder to sign up to the whole "acquis communitaire," including the euro.
The parliamentary parties don't want to let the whole British people have a referendum on whether we want to stay as a single united country of Britain.
Nor do they want us to have a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU or leave it.
In both cases, they are terrified that we would give the wrong answer.
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