The Prime Minister of Spain has said that Scotland will remain outside the European Union if it becomes independent of the UK.
EU rules state that new countries require a unanimous vote by existing member states if they are to join the union.
But speaking today at a joint press conference with France's Francois Hollande, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suggested he would use his country's veto if Scotland applied.
"It is very clear to me, as it is for the rest of the world that a region that obtains independence which is part of a nation state of the EU will stay outside the EU," he said.
"The citizens know it, the Scottish know it - as do all the rest of the citizens of the EU."
Spain's position may be influenced by the likelihood of a would-be independent Catalonia also wanting to remain within the union.
There are serious doubts about if, how and when an independent Scotland will take its place in the EU.
Alex Salmond has launched his Government's blueprint for independence and told voters that Scotland's future was now in their hands.
Nobody I spoke to in Alloa told me the independence white paper had bowled them over or even changed their minds.