Scotland politics

Scottish independence: Scotland and EU membership

Scotland's voters will go to the polls in autumn 2014 to decide whether their country should become independent.

One subject at the heart of the debate is what an independent Scotland's EU status might be.

Would it be seen as a new state and therefore have to apply to join the EU in its own right, or would it negotiate its position as an existing member? The BBC looks at the current position of the existing 27 EU member states.