Independent Scotland could become member of international community ‘remarkably quickly’

Scotland would become a “fully integrated” member of the international community within months if the country backs independence in 2014, a leading expert on constitutional break-ups has said.

• Academic insists Scotland’s transition to international stage would be smooth

• Nation could join UN ‘within days of independence’

• Westminster agreement would lower chances of opposition

Claims that countries like Spain and Belgium would try to stop Scotland from joining the EU if Scots vote Yes are “completely unfounded” , according to Dr James Ker-Lindsay, an expert on secessionist conflict from London School of Economics.

If Scotland leaves the UK after a “negotiated process” which isn’t contested by Westminster in the event of the Yes vote, then it is unlikely to face serious hurdles from key international organisations.

“There is little reason to believe that Scotland will face any serious impediments in its attempts to join the UN and other major international organisations,” according to the academic who has worked on secessionist conflicts in Cyprus and Kosovo.

“In fact it would become a member of the UN within a matter of days following a declaration of independence.

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