Donald Tusk says Europe ‘enthusiastic’ about an independent Scotland

Former European Council president Donald Tusk has said there would be enthusiasm in Brussels and around Europe for an independent Scotland joining the EU.

Asked about Scotland re-joining as an independent member, Tusk told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Emotionally I have no doubt that everyone will be enthusiastic here in Brussels, and more generally in Europe.”

“If you ask me about our emotions, you will witness I think always empathy.”

Last year, Donald Tusk’s predecessor Herman Van Rompuy confirmed that Brexit has changed the EU’s view on Scotland.

He said: “I think there is a change, yes, because for a lot of people they are looking at what Scottish people are in favour of.

“They want to stay in the European Union and at the same time they are prevented to stay in the European Union.”

One EU official also told BBC Scotland last year that there had been a “paradigm shift” in European attitudes towards Scottish independence.