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Scottish Premiership: Independence vote could impact on player movement

A leading employment lawyer has warned that a yes vote for Scottish independence could have an impact on the country's football scene.

Giles Woolfson has said Scottish footballers could find it difficult to move to English clubs in the future, if Scotland votes for independence this autumn.

Woolfson, a director at McGrade & Co in Glasgow, told Sky Sports News: "If Scotland is not a member of the EU and not a member of the common travel area, then it seems to me there could well be an issue there in terms of freedom of movement.

"Players from Scotland would need to apply for work permits to go and play for a club in England, in the same way that a player from South America, for example, would currently need to apply for a work permit to come and play in England.

"These restrictions are fairly stringent so we may well go from a point of having complete freedom of movement between Scotland and England to having work permit restrictions in place."

Woolfson is also of the belief that the Bosman ruling would not come to the players' salvation necessarily, if Scotland were to no longer be a member of the EU.

"If Scotland becomes independent, then the existing contracts would run their course so there would not be an immediate impact," he said. "The issue arises on the expiry of the contract or when the player is looking to leave Scotland.

"The Bosman ruling applies to members of the European union and it is not clear at this moment whether an independent Scotland would be a member of the European Union. So it is not at all clear that Bosman woud apply to Scotland."

Sportscotland, the national agency for sport, have insisted that their support of Scottish athletes will not be compromised - whatever the outcome of the vote.

A spokesperson said: "Whatever the people of Scotland decide in September's independence referendum, sportscotland will ensure that our high performance athletes continue to receive the best possible training, coaching, and support services that are right for the individual, their circumstances, and their sport.

"Sport is already devolved to the Scottish Parliament, so independence would not affect school or club sport, while many sports, including football and rugby, already operate independently from their UK counterparts.

"Scotland boasts excellent coaching and expertise at the sportscotland institute of sport, which has contributed to distinguished results on the international stage."

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This is not nonsense at all.

Scotland will not automatically be an EU member so our workforce WILL be classed as non-EU nationals.

Not an issue in any other area but a huge issue in football.

Clubs like Dundee Utd wld be fooked.

They wouldn't have been able to sell Johnny. Russell OR. Goodwillie since neither of those players had enough International Caps to meet the work permit requirements.

No wonder the Yes campaign have kept this quiet because football fans will vote with their hearts.

It's a fatal blow to them.

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This is not nonsense at all.

Scotland will not automatically be an EU member so our workforce WILL be classed as non-EU nationals.

Not an issue in any other area but a huge issue in football.

Clubs like Dundee Utd wld be fooked.

They wouldn't have been able to sell Johnny. Russell OR. Goodwillie since neither of those players had enough International Caps to meet the work permit requirements.

No wonder the Yes campaign have kept this quiet because football fans will vote with their hearts.

It's a fatal blow to them.

Have you not heard the Hampster has utmost confidence that his succession to the throne of Scotland will go unopposed by the world and the Scottish fuhrer can further develop our minds?

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This is not nonsense at all.

Scotland will not automatically be an EU member so our workforce WILL be classed as non-EU nationals.

Not an issue in any other area but a huge issue in football.

Clubs like Dundee Utd wld be fooked.

They wouldn't have been able to sell Johnny. Russell OR. Goodwillie since neither of those players had enough International Caps to meet the work permit requirements.

No wonder the Yes campaign have kept this quiet because football fans will vote with their hearts.

It's a fatal blow to them.

it is nonsense - who's to say we would be independent before membership ofteh EU was attained? we will not become independent overnight, it could take years until a separation is applied. furthermore this could happen staying part of the Union as the UK gears up for an in or out referendum on Europe so independence is as relevant a point on this as the Union is should the referendum vote us out.

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it is nonsense - who's to say we would be independent before membership ofteh EU was attained? we will not become independent overnight, it could take years until a separation is applied. furthermore this could happen staying part of the Union as the UK gears up for an in or out referendum on Europe so independence is as relevant a point on this as the Union is should the referendum vote us out.

Yes about 2016/17 and during that time we are still members under the UK

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it is nonsense - who's to say we would be independent before membership ofteh EU was attained? we will not become independent overnight, it could take years until a separation is applied. furthermore this could happen staying part of the Union as the UK gears up for an in or out referendum on Europe so independence is as relevant a point on this as the Union is should the referendum vote us out.

The Spanish (amongst others) will block any entry to the EU

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