Foreign Affairs Committee - Sixth Report
Foreign policy considerations for the UK and Scotland in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 23 April 2013.


List of Reports fromthe Committee during the current Parliament

Terms of Reference


Conclusions and recommendations

1 Introduction

2 Scotland and the RUK: who would inherit what and who would decide?

Why does it matter?

Multilateral and bilateral treaties

Conceptualising the break-up

Scottish and UK Government views on state succession

Succession disputes: the importance of international practice and precedent

What scenario would the international community support?

Membership of key international organisations

The United Nations


Scotland and the EU

Would Scotland retain the UK's opt-outs and at what cost?

3 International influence in the event of independence: more or less?


'Hard' power attributes

The impact on the UK's international standing

RUK's diplomatic service

In the EU: a reduced RUK influence?


Would independence enhance Scotland's global role?

Starting afresh: creating diplomatic clout

In the EU: does a direct voice equate to influence?

An industry perspective on the FCO's support

4 Characterising a future RUK-Scotland bilateral relationship

The foreign policy posture of the RUK's closest neighbour

Co-operation or competition?

Nuclear weapons


Security and intelligence

Continuity and constraints

5 Concluding remarks and observations

Annex: Timeline of key referendum dates

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

Oral and Written Evidence

16 October 2012

4 December 2012

15 January 2013

28 January 2013

Written Evidence

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