The SNP is believed to be hoping for German support in its plan to take an independent Scotland back into the European Union.
Nicola Sturgeon is calling for a second referendum on Scottish independence, amid Scottish election results being imminently announced. She hopes to take Scotland to rejoin the EU if the plan is successful.
But the British government has stated unwillingness to see a second referendum at this time, rather has advised Ms Sturgeon to concentrate on helping Scotland recover from the negative effect of the coronavirus.
According to ITV journalist Paul Brand, the SNP hope to get German and Scandinavian support for another referendum, he tweeted, “Talking to SNP today it’s pretty clear their strategy for a second referendum will involve a strong international dimension – hoping PM will be embarrassed by other nations into respecting their mandate.
“Expect to see SNP ministers flying to foreign capitals in coming months. Suspect major outreach will begin with Scandinavian countries – some of Scotland’s closest friends both geographically and politically.
“Larger EU nations will be harder to lobby, but SNP has ambitions of wooing Germany and others in the coming months.”
Mr Brand also noted that the EU members may not be fully in support as many have their own separatist movements, he said, “On the one hand, would other EU nations who have separatist movements of their own support Scotland’s bid for independence?
“On other hand, would a Scotland wishing to rejoin the EU be seen as a major PR boon after the painful process of UK leaving?”
Spain is refusing to allow a referendum on Catalan independence and sent riot police to shut down an attempted poll in 2017. A number of Catalan leaders were arrested whilst its president was forced to flee the country.
In Germany a 2017 court ruling concluded it would be illegal for Bavaria, or any other state, to leave the country.
Scotland would have to cut its public deficit to quality for EU membership. Currently, the country has a public deficit of up to a quarter of GDP, eight times over the EU maximum.
To join the EU Scotland would also have to commit to adopting the Euro as its currency at some point. Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 by 55 per cent of the vote to 45 per cent.