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Donald Tusk: We would welcome back Scotland on own

SCOTLAND would be ‘enthusiastically’ welcomed back into the EU if it was independent from the UK, Donald Tusk said yesterday.

The Polish former European Council president (pictured) said he ‘sometimes felt very Scottish’ after Brexit, adding that Scotland would be treated with ‘empathy’ if it gained independence and re-applies.

‘I have no doubt that everyone will be enthusiastic here in Brussels,’ he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled an intention for Scotland to rejoin the EU should it leave the UK.

Just over half of Scottish voters now support independence, a YouGov poll has found.

In the 2016 referendum, 62 per cent chose to remain in Europe.

Mr Tusk, who was reluctant to say ‘something too blunt’, added an independent Scotland would not be guaranteed a place. ‘We need a regular process,’ he said.

On Friday, German MEP Ska Keller told the PA news agency it would be ‘stupid’ of the 27 EU member states to veto Scotland’s membership.

But foreign secretary Dominic Raab said EU countries dealing with ‘separatist tendencies’ could oppose its inclusion.