DOES IT make sense for Scotland to become an independent nation, ending 300 years of union with England and Wales? And would it make any difference to Americans?
The answer to the second question is an unfortunate yes: An independent Scotland would significantly weaken the foremost military and diplomatic ally of the United States, while creating another European mini-state unable to contribute meaningfully to global security. Scottish leader Alex Salmond, who on Oct. 15 sealed an agreement with British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a referendum on Scottish independence by the end of 2014, says his would-be country would withdraw from NATO, expel British nuclear submarines from its waters and keep an army of 8,000-10,000 soldiers. Though the population of Scotland, at 5.2 million, is less than 10 percent of that of the United Kingdom, some speculate that what remained of Britain could lose its seat on the U.N. Security Council.
More than half of Scots would be likely to vote for independence if they believed the Conservatives would be returned to power in Westminster at the next general election, a new poll has found.
The Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland found that 37 per cent agreed the country should be independent, with 45 per cent opposed.
When it asked voters what they would do if they felt the 2015 general election would result in either a majority Conservative government at Westminster, or another Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition, 52 per cent said this would make them likely to vote in favour of Scotland leaving the UK.
A Yes Scotland spokesman said: “This poll backs our view that as people in Scotland start to focus on the choices facing them, support for a Yes vote will inevitably increase.”
ALEX Salmond has suggested the UK Government jumped the gun over a deal on the independence referendum, warning it would be “very unwise” to say an agreement had been reached until one was actually in place.
ONE of the UK’s most powerful business figures has warned that Scotland would have to increase taxes, slash spending or increase borrowing after independence, in a gloomy assessment of the country’s economic muscle.
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THE SNP government has admitted that it has yet to seek legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would be able to join the European Union.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement at Holyrood today as the government finally published the 26,000 responses to the independence referendum consultation.
Ms Sturgeon said that as a result of the Edinburgh Agreement, which transferred the legal power to hold the referendum from Westminster to Holyrood, SNP ministers had concluded that they had “not sought specific legal advice” on EU membership.
“So, what are the big game changers that will allow us to win the referendum – and I think we will win the referendum by the way – so one is the point you have just made about those people looking for further powers. People will now have to choose yes or no to independence but in effect, fiscal autonomy is now encompassed by the independence position. I think there is work to be done to persuade them but I am confident that can be done. First Minister Alex Salmond talking to Holyrood Magazine http://www.holyrood.com/2012/10/the-history-man-exclusive-interview-with-first-minister-alex-salmond/
CROSS-PARTY campaigners against Scottish independence will receives a major boost today with a poll revealing that, in the past year, a one-point lead for the Yes camp has turned into a 20-point lead for the No camp.