Scotland and rUK both successor states after independence says academic


A leading American professor of international law has said that Scotland and the remainder of the UK (rUK) will be treated as “co-equal successor states” in the event of independence.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Professor David Scheffer suggested that both would be treated equally by the European Union in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum and that a “pathway” would be constructed to ensure continued membership of both with minimal upheaval.

Professor Scheffer, who is a former Special Advisor to Madeleine Albright at the United Nations and the first US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues during Bill Clinton’s second term in office, now lectures at North Western University School of Law.

Speaking on Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Saturday he said that Scotland’s transition into an independent member of the EU should be clear.

Responding to a question from GMS host Derek Bateman who asked if the rUK will become the successor state, the academic replied: “My argument quite frankly is that we have two co-equal successor states”.

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