UK would back Scottish EU bid
The UK government would back an independent Scotland's bid for membership of the European Union, Michael Moore has revealed.
The Scotland Secretary said he hasn't seen anybody in government opposing membership for Scotland, but warned Edinburgh its bid would be "a task of immense complexity".
"Of course. I don’t see anybody opposing that," the Lib Dem told Radio 5live's Pienaar's Politics.
"I’d hate to hear anybody suggest otherwise. What we mustn't then lost sight of, is that in then doing that an independent Scotland wouldn’t simply be discussing these things with the rest of the UK, but with every single member state in the European Union. It’s a task of immense complexity, where there’s a huge amount at stake for Scotland.
"Whereas at the moment it’s part of one of the most important countries in the EU, and that clout is a direct benefit to our farmers, our fisherman and businesses the length and breadth of the country."
His comments come on the eve of an historic meeting between Alex Salmond and David Cameron tomorrow, where the two leaders are expected to sign the deal setting out the exact terms of the referendum.