Jose Manuel Barroso told BBC on Sunday it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for Scotland to get all 28 EU nations to approve it as a new member if voters there decide to leave Britain and form an independent country.
Other EU figures have made similar comments before, but Barroso’s words came as a stark warning before the binding referendum in Scotland in September.
Chancellor George Osborne has also warned Scottish voters that it will not be able to join a currency union and use the British pound if it votes for separation.
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