"First Minister Alex Salmond has argued Scotland's membership of the EU would be negotiated "from within". He has stated that the terms of Scotland's membership would be negotiated during the period between a Yes vote in September this year and independence day in March 2016."
"Mr Hague told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that even if the European negotiations were "constructively-minded" it would still be a complicated process involving the agreement of all 28 EU member states. The foreign secretary said Scotland would be obliged to join the Euro single currency, which the Scottish government had said it would not do. He said Scotland would also need to sign the Schengen agreement on border controls, which is "incompatible" with the Common Travel Area plans put forward by the Scottish government. "
Well I have been saying the same as Hague for some time and the last time I heard Alex Salmand challenged on the subject of what the other EU mandarins had said, he chose to merely repeat his rhetoric that matters will be negotiated from within, which like it or not portrays him as a serial avoider of those very questions.
But this is an old argument
"The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer's pocket. And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue"
Lord Clyde: "Ayrshire Pullman Motor Services V Inland Revenue, 1929"