Cameron: Scotland will not get a say in EU exit

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Scotland will not have a say in EU exit

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron says Scotland may need to leave European Union regardless of result of ‘in’ or ‘out’ referendum

Cameron said that the UK’s constituent countries will not have a say over an upcoming “in/out” referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU.

“We put forward in our manifesto the clearest possible pledge of an in-out referendum by the end of 2017. That has now been backed in a UK General Election and I believe I have a mandate for that.”

“They didn’t give Orkney and Shetland an opt-out, or the Borders an opt out [during the Scottish independence referendum] so this is a UK pledge, it will be delivered for the UK,” he added.

Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants a “lock” to be put on Britain's EU exit.

If such a policy was accepted by the London administration, it would mean England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would vote before exiting the EU.

Sturgeon has said, if the UK leaves the EU without Scotland’s will, it may lead to another independence referendum.

If there was an in-out referendum, and clearly with a majority Tory government that must be on the horizon, and Scotland voted to stay in the EU and the rest of the UK voted to come out, I think there would be significant opinion in Scotland that we had to re-look at the issue of independence.”

The latest surveys in the UK indicate a majority of voters are in favour of staying in the EU.

A recent survey by YouGov shows 45 percent of UK citizens would vote in favour of staying as part of the EU and 36 percent would vote to leave it.  However, the results of such surveys vary widely.

Surveys conducted earlier in the year by Opinium showed a majority of UK citizens wanting to leave the EU.

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