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Nicola Sturgeon has warned there will be strong backlash from voters if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will.
In a speech in Brussels, the First Minister said leaving should only be possible if all four UK nations agree.
David Cameron says he'll hold a referendum before the end of 2017.
If most Scots vote to stay, and the rest of the UK decides to leave, Nicola Sturgeon says it could spark another drive for independence.
Bluntly, I believe the groundswell of anger among ordinary people in Scotland in these circumstances would produce a clamour for another independence referendum, which may well be unstoppable."
Spain's Prime Minister has suggested Scotland would have to apply to join the European Union after a 'Yes' vote in next year's independence referendum.
Mariano Rajoy's intervention prompted heated exchanges at First Minister's questions today as Alex Salmond clashed with Labour leader Johann Lamont.
Watch the full report from our Political Editor Peter MacMahon below.
The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has clashed with Labour leader Johann Lamont today over an independent Scotland's membership of the European Union.
Spain's Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy has suggested that Scotland would have to apply to join the EU after a referendum Yes vote.
His intervention led to heated exchanges at First Minister's Questions at Holyrood this afternoon.
A suggestion that an independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the European Union as a new state has been dismissed by a member of Alex Salmond's cabinet.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said if there was a Yes vote in next year's referendum, Scotland would negotiate to become an independent member of the EU from within Europe.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he said the country would enjoy a:
"seamless transition because we have the unique position that we're not joining Europe from outside of Europe, we're joining Europe from within Europe."
He spoke out after Spanish prime minster Mariano Rajoy said that if part of an existing member state became independent, it would be "left out of the European Union" and would need to apply for membership as a new state.
Mr Rajoy reportedly told a press conference in Madrid yesterday:
"I would like to see the consequences of secession presented to Scots in a realist way. Citizens have the right to be well-informed.
"If part of a member state becomes independent, it would be left out of the European Union and it would be good for citizens (in the EU) and Scots to know that. EU entry would need to be be approved by all 28 member states."