Scottish independencecampaigners are seeking membership in the EU. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, further complicating Scottish nationalists' already uncertain plans for independence. Barroso said in an interview Sunday that it would be nearly impossible for the European Union to grant membership to such states – days after the British government said an independent Scotland would not be able to keep sterling as its currency.Barroso, interviewed on BBC television, declined to comment directly on whether an independent Scotland would be welcome to join the EU.Barroso has previously said that any newly independent state would have to reapply to join the EU.
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