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Media captionVan Rompuy: Europe ‘looking at what Scotland is in favour of’
A former president of the European Council has said he believes Brexit has changed EU attitudes to Scottish independence.
In a BBC interview, Herman Van Rompuy said there was now “much more sympathy” for European regions attempting EU membership.
Mr Van Rompuy said the process of joining the EU was “complicated”.
But he said an application from Scotland would have to be “very seriously” considered.
The UK government does not support Scottish government calls for another independence referendum.
On 18 September, it will be five years since Scotland voted 55% to 45% against becoming an independent country.
Former Brexit chief urges rethink of UK Union Who in Scotland hope to an election ? Image caption Scotland voted 55% to 45% against becoming an independent country in September 2014 Image caption Mr Van Rompuy said there was more sympathy for regions of a country that wanted to join the EU Image caption Mr Van Rompuy said the situation in Scotland was very different to the one in Catalonia Media captionHas Brexit changed sentiments on Scottish independence?