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Independent Scotland would have to 're-apply for EU membership'

The President of the European Commission has indicated that Scotland would have to re-apply to join the EU if it became an independent country.

The warning will come as a blow to the First Minister Alex Salmond who has said Scotland's membership would not be thrown into doubt by independence.

Jose Manuel Barroso told BBC's Hardtalk that a new state would have to apply to join the EU.