A SACKED Spanish diplomat in Edinburgh was told by his boss that Scottish independence would “open a Pandora’s box of unforeseeable consequences” in Europe.

And the former consul-general to Edinburgh, Miguel Angel Vecino, later remarked to Camilo Villarino, chief of staff for Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, that Nicola Sturgeon was “distant and cold”, as well as lacking empathy.

The details emerged from documents lodged with a Madrid court in an unfair dismissal claim by Vecino and seen by the digital newspaper Vozpopuli.

Vecino arrived in Edinburgh last November, shortly after Borrell said in an interview that he would not oppose the entry into the EU of an independent Scotland if it was done by legal means.

The diplomat mentioned this in several communications, but Villarino warned him in an email at the end of January: “Do not think … the Government of London, that we welcome Scotland’s independence. Because this is not the case. A Pandora’s box would be opened in Europe of unforeseeable consequences. Prudence, therefore.”

A month later, after the First Minister met Vecino at her office, Vecino wrote: “She is someone very distant and cold, who rarely shows any feeling on her face, she only made a gesture twice, with what seems like a lack of empathy.”

He said Sturgeon had “deep convictions and more than pragmatic is opportunistic”, but described her “ignorance” of the international scene as “shocking” for a leader who wanted to achieve independence, adding: “I think not because of ignorance, but because of absolute disinterest.”

When the FM told Holyrood in April that she was seeking a second indyref before May 2021, she told MSPs: “The choice will be between Brexit and the future of Scotland as an independent European nation.”

Villarino told the Edinburgh consul: “Except for the difference, not negligible, that Mrs Sturgeon is more educated, these texts could have been signed by [Catalan] President [Quim] Torra. The ideas, the arguments, even some turns, are the same.

“Never forget that our bet is for the United Kingdom, not for Scotland, even if the British Government does not go through its best times.”

Vecino replied: “In my opinion, we should not bet on anything because it is not our problem. Our job is to observe, inform and be present in the front row to influence as much as possible in our favour, but in no way lean towards one or the other. ... independence is an internal problem of the United Kingdom and ... we should not even think about it.”

The Scottish Government has refused to comment.