ALEX Salmond was last night accused of a "shameless cover-up" after the SNP Government announced it would fight a bid to force it to reveal if it has received legal advice on whether or not an independent Scotland would have to apply to join the European Union.
The SNP hit back at Scottish Labour's claim, accusing its opponents of "brazen hypocrisy", saying the anti-independence parties abided by the same non-disclosure convention.
The Scottish Government's controversial move came as a senior Brussels source told The Herald: "Logic says an independent Scotland would have to apply. It would have to be a new member state but it would probably be fast-tracked, which would take two to three years."
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