What if Scotland votes to leave...
I am, by instinct, a Unionist supporting the union between Britain and Scotland.
But, with the referendum campaign continuing, I really should ask myself whether I really should be sorry if the Scots vote for independence.
Lets face it, there would be many advantages to an independent Scotland.
First of all we can have warship building firmly back in England.... Then there is all the tax subsidy that goes to Scotland, that will certainly chop off a big slice of our deficit while, of course, the Scots would have to take over and service a fair share of the debt.
Then there is the political landscape, it will be changed forever. A lot of Labour and Nationalist MPs will disappear from Westminster and the prospects for a Labour government, or even a Lib-Lab government will be massively reduced. In addition the chances of our exit from the EU will increase enormously. Yes, an independent Scotland has considerable attractions.
An Independent Scotland would certainly result in a more prosperous and independent Britain much less likely to be cursed by Labour governments.
Now, just a thought:
England + Wales = Britain
England + Wales + Scotland = Great Britain
England + Wales + Scotland + Northern Ireland = United Kingdom
So what would the United Kingdom without Scotland then be called?
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howard mcsweeney1had a glance at the snp blueprint yesterday and the headline stuff was wrong so i didn't bother to read further.
1) they would keep the pound.
2) they would automatically be members of the e.u.
3) the queen would still be head of state.27 November 2013 10:22
Brian Dixonlost.24 November 2013 07:04
PhilipPGordon Brown is set to make a few speeches in favour of a no vote. I'm off down the bookies to bet on a yes vote.23 November 2013 18:31
Bob WhysmanQuote, 'So what would the United Kingdom without Scotland then be called.'
Greater Britain?23 November 2013 18:30
Keith BibbyThey voted nationalist ,,that surprised the mainstream.23 November 2013 17:02
howard mcsweeney1they won't vote for independence though, as the time for the referendum nears hard thinking will be done by the scots and they will be pragmatic enough to realise that the risks in leaving the union are too great financially.23 November 2013 09:19