Scottish independence: EC's Barroso says new states need 'apply to join EU'
10 December 2012 Last updated at 17:02 GMT
The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has said that any new independent country would have to apply to join the EU.
The president's comments came despite Scottish ministers insisting an independent Scotland would negotiate its position "from within".
The Scottish Deputy First minister, Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP government did not believe that an independent Scotland would have to reapply.