In my mind if the Scots eventually manage to enable a breakaway from the the rest of the UK, it throws up some interesting points.
With regards to finance. If the extra funding which the UK in general provides Scotland is removed, how does Scotland make up the shortfall? As taxes are high in general, how will the Scottish parliament raise the extra revenue. Of course they could raise Income tax, NI, or VAT. Then of course they could re-instate prescription charges, University fees, and anything else they have hoodwinked their electorate with, to win the election. No win situation to me.
Defence. Providing that they want any of course. If they don’t then we just invade them and take Scotland back for free.
If they do in itself raises interesting points. How much do they want? Do they want a bluewater navy or just a coastal patrol force? What sort of Army and Airforce do they think they’ll need?
Of course if they want anything at all in regards to Armed forces, they’re going to have to build a complete Ministry of Defence from scratch. That won’t be cheap.
Nukes. What happens to the Nuclear submarine base at Faslane? Will they rent it out to the English/Welsh/ Irish?
Now this is not the main thrust of the post. The above is just some of the horrendous nuts and bolts stuff that will have to be addressed after Scotland breaks away.
My point that I’m now making is that the UK is made up of a joining of two kingdoms to make a “United Kingdom”.
By the start of the 16th century, the number of states in Great Britain had been reduced to two: the Kingdom of England (which included Wales and controlled Ireland) and the Kingdom of Scotland. The Union of Crowns in 1603, the accidental consequence of a royal marriage one hundred years earlier, united the kingdoms in a personal union, though full political union in the form of the Kingdom of Great Britain required a Treaty of Union in 1706 and Acts of Union in 1707 (to ratify the Treaty). A further Act of Union in 1800 included Ireland in the Union to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Surely if Scotland left then we could no longer be called the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” anymore. Just the “Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.
In that case, as we have signed up to the European Union as the UK as a whole, would webe obligated to leave the union and re-sign under a new name?
After all. If you changed your name, your bank would expect you to close your account and open one with your new name.
Just a thought.