Scotland independence – not all bad it seems

Let me say to start with that I am firmly for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom. It is a union that has endured and works successfully for all members. Together we are stronger than as individual units.

But let me look at the upside if Scotland did break away.

Firstly, the dead weight of all the Scottish Labour MPs would go making it much easier to regain Conservative control of Parliament. At the moment Scottish Labour MPs are holding back England from growth and success.

When I visited Scotland and met with the SNP leadership I was taken aback by how few people live in Scotland and how dependent they are on public sector jobs.

The SNP leadership told me that realistically they could do away with all the local government and no one would see services affected but they can’t as they serve as a job creation scheme.

Secondly, and much less clear, is the issue of the EU. Given all the treaties are with the United Kingdom and defacto this would cease to exist it seems that it might not just be Scotland who find themselves outside the EU.

It is possible that the rump of the UK may also be set free of the EU treaties as it would no longer be the entity that signed the treaties.

Now, that’s a thought!


  1. “much easier to regain Conservative control of Parliament”? Well, certainly a bit easier – Labour had a majority of 23 in Scotland at the last election. But if you subtract the Scottish seats, it makes no difference to the outcome of seven of the last eight general elections – 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005 all have the same overall result without Scotland. Only in 2010 does it make a difference – the UK without Scotland had a small Conservative majority.

    On the EU membership point, unfortuntately for Eurosceptics this isn’t a “Get Out of Jail Free” card – legally (as I understand it) Scotland would be seceding from the UK in the event of a Yes vote, and the rest-of-the-UK would inherit the UK’s treaty obligations, including EU membership.


    • The EU point is much less clear as it is in unchartered territory. My understanding is that is will all be down to negotiation rather than inheritance. Given the EU’s dogmatic attention to regulations and rules I suspect the simple inheritance option will fail. If the UK is no longer the er….. UK it all gets very difficult. Although thousands of ?EU technocrats will rub hands in glee looking forward to years of negotiations and fruitless summits.


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