The SNP has welcomed reports today confirming that the nations of Europe are ready to welcome Scotland as an independent country.

The Mail on Sunday quotes an EU insider as saying: "People often forget the EU is an incredibly expansionist organisation - there is little doubt that an independent Scotland woud be seen as an asset to the EU."

This follows comments from AFP journalist Roddy Thompson's comments in Good Morning Scotland when he confirmed that there are not any provisions in any of the EU Treaties for expelling a nation or part of a nation and that senior EU legal officials are looking at how to secure Scotland's position.

European and External Relations Committee member SNP MSP Aileen McLeod said:

"This high level confirmation that the nations of Europe are ready to welcome Scotland as an equal and independent country confirms what the SNP has long argued and what Scots already know.

"The reality is that an independent Scotland will remain within the European Union , accepting all the treaties and obligations that currently apply to us as part of the UK.

"The fact of the matter is that the people of Scotland are already citizens of the European Union, Scotland has been part of the EU for 40 years, and we will continue our membership as an independent and equal country after a Yes vote - with a voice and votes at the top table to protect and promote our national interests

"This is another blow to the negativity of the anti-independence campaign. Their scaremongering simply doesn't stack up.

"I believe that the people of Scotland will vote to take charge of their own future, and they will not be fooled by the relentless negativity of the No campaign."

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