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Spain fires Edinburgh consul after Scottish independence comments

Miguel Ángel Vecino Quintana said in a letter that Spain "will not block Scotland's EU membership"

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08 June 2019 01:07 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain has fired the Edinburgh consul who said Madrid "will not block Scotland's EU membership", Catalan News has confirmed from sources within the Spanish Foreign affairs ministry.

Consul Miguel Ángel Vecino Quintana said in a letter obtained by 'The National' that "there is no queue" to join the European Union.

"Entry into the EU does not depend at all in waiting in a queue," he said, insisting the club can be joined "if the economic and political conditions required by all the treaties that regulate it are fulfilled".

He also stated that the Spanish government positions "has always been" not to block Scotland's entry into the EU "if independence is legally achieved."

Sources from the Spanish Foreign Affairs ministry have confirmed Vecino Quintana has been fired as he doesn't longer have the "confidence" of the Socialist government.

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