MOSCOW, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Should the people of Scotland vote for the country's independence, it could create a precedent that would facilitate the emergence of "the Europe of nations" instead of the existing "Europe of states," Alessio Morosin, a founding member and leader of the Indipendenza Veneta movement in Italy, told RIA Novosti Thursday.
"Of course, the independence of Scotland will be "the first case of independence" within the Western European system. It may create a precedent facilitating the emergence of "the Europe of nations" that may replace "the Europe of states," Morosin said, mentioning other European regions struggling for independence, including Spanish Catalonia and Italian Veneto.
He also added that, in case of a Yes vote, the UK and Scotland will demonstrate to the world that they are worthy of their history and traditions, which are centered around democracy and liberalism. The same democratic approach, in his opinion, will be taken when handling the consequences of the Scottish independence.
In case of a No vote, Morosin assumed that there will be virtually no negative consequences, but there definitely will be changes that would drastically alter the economic and political outlooks of both the UK and Scotland.
As for Venetian independence, Morosin said that on June 12 the Regional Council of Veneto approved a law allowing a referendum on the question of Venetian independence. On August 8, the Italian government opposed the law and filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court. In response, Veneto is to appeal against the governments' complaint.