David Mundell will tell Members of the Scottish Parliament that Scotland won’t be able to remain in the bloc, even if it holds a second referendum on independence.
He will tell Holyrood’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee tomorrow that there are no “easy assumptions” of how long it could take Scotland to rejoin the EU if it opts to become independent.
“There is no set of circumstances in which Scotland could remain a member of the EU after the rest of the UK has left,” he will say.
And he will add that Scotland would have to re-apply to become a member after the EU leaves, and Scotland leaves the UK.
Sturgeon's not going to like that.