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Scottish Nationalists Get New Weapon In Battle For Independence: Europe

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May 27, 2014 AT 6:13 AM
A surge in Euroscepticism in England has handed secessionists in Scotland a new weapon in their battle to break away from the United Kingdom: a warning that only independence can keep Scotland inside the European Union. The Scottish National Party, which runs the devolved Scottish government, secured 29 percent of the vote in European elections--a slight dip from the 2009 vote, but bucking a trend in England where the anti-EU UK Independence Party won. Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond has already warned that the biggest threat to Scotland remaining in the EU is Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to hold an in-out referendum on membership by the end of 2017.