THE SPANISH Foreign minister Josep Borrell says that the government in Madrid would not stand in the way of independent Scotland joining the EU.

Speaking to Politico, the politician also said he thought the UK would break up long before Spain ever did.

He said:  “If they leave Britain within the accordance of the internal regulations," he said. "If Westminster agrees, we are not going to be more Papist than the pope. If Westminster agrees why would we be against it?”

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He added: “I am very much worried about the unity of the United Kingdom than the unity of Spain. I think the United Kingdom will split apart before Spain. That is a clear sign of the United Kingdom’s weakness.”