People are all too quick to assume Scotland wouldn�t cope as an independent nation but when you actually bother to look for the facts you�ll soon discover an independent Scotland is feasible. For those too lazy to base their arguments on facts I have written this blog to dispel the myths.
Arguments against independence and rebuttals:
The Union has served both countries well for 300 years. Devolution is a young experiment, and it is too soon to judge.
Scotland only united with England and Wales because of financial hardship; they needed the English for their trading knoxville security doors links. In any case, the signatories on the Act of Union are alleged to be falsified, so even 300 years ago when the Scottish really needed England to stay afloat support for the union was questionable. The whole premise of 300 years together in harmony isnât a reason for our countries to stick together and anyhow they were an independent nation for 864 years, 553 years longer than theyâve been in union.
There is a gap between public spending in Scotland (40bn) and revenues raised there (27bn). A Scottish government would have to choose between higher taxes and cuts in public services.
The Barnett Formula used to allocate funding to Scotland is massively unfair and Lord Barnett who devised the formula in the 1970s says it was meant to be a temporary measure and has now publically stated itâs not fit for purpose. Official statistics from Keyword position tracker the Office of National Statistics show if Scotland's North Sea Oil and whiskey exports are included in the Barnett Formula Scotland would have a surplus of 1.2 billion.
Scotland has more influence in Brussels as part of the UK than it could have as an independent state.
Scotland is the same or larger in terms of economics and population than 11 of the 27 EU nations. Scotland would have a GDP of almost $200 billion dollars. It'd be the 45th richest nation of earth above countries like New Zealand and similar to Israel and Ireland. Its GDP per capital would be 22nd in the world next to France and Finland so the notion that Scotland would be a minute little country with no international prestige is profoundly wrong.
What about defence and security?
Switzerland uses just 1% of its GDP to provide a modern efficient Army and Air Force. The UK spends 2.3% of its GDP on its armed forces (including TRIDENT) Scotland can afford 1.6% of its GDP and still have modern professional armed forces half the size of the UK present.
Scotland's Government says it does not wish to join NATO and that they want to be in the Partnership for Peace Organisation like Sweden, Finland, Austria and many other nations. They have also said they're against nuclear proliferation and resent the fact TRIDENTâs based in Scotland.
What about the monarchy?
The SNP Scottish Government wish to keep the monarchy if independent just like 16 Commonwealth Realm have done, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica and 12 other nations. Also, don't forget we've shared a monarch since 1606, over 100 years longer than we've been in union.
Referendum should be held UK wide, not just in Scotland
Absolutely not, what would happen if Northern Ireland, Wales and England voted no but Scotland voted yes. Would we suppress the Scottish populace and deny them independence? Also, what if Northern Ireland, Wales and England voted yes but Scotland voted no, would we forcibly expunge them?
If we separate from Scotland it could lead to the whole of the UK breaking up
Independence is only on the cards for Scotland. Plaid Cymru the nationalist party equivalent of the SNP is the 3rd largest party in the Welsh Assembly behind both the Conservatives and Labour. They actually lost four seats in the 2011 election. Also, the turnout in the 1997 devolution referendum in Wales was 50% and only 51% of the 50% that turned out voted for devolution. So the Welsh desire for independence is definitely low. Northern Ireland is also very different to Scotland, as the unionist party won the most seats, they also want to remain in the UK because theyâre a protestant country and resent their catholic neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.
Oil is going to run out, then theyâll be poor
According to Professor Alex Kemp, of Petroleum Economics at the University of Aberdeen. North Sea Oil and gas production will still be present in 2050. There is as much known oil left to extract than has already been extracted. Scotland has 17.5% of Europes oil reserves. BP and Shell say there are 60 years or more left of extraction. So why should Scotland have to pay 65% tax on oil when they produce enough to be self sustaining? Plus, because of Scotland's geographical location they have 25% of Europes wind power and have invested heavily in renewable energy. Norway since gaining independence from Sweden had built up a Government Petroleum Fund worth over 250 billion pounds, think of the investment opportunities that'd buy in Scotland.
Scotland has more influence in the UK
Scotland has 59 MPs out of 650 in the UK Parliament, thats not exactly massive influence! Real influence would be if Scotland as an independent nation state of the EU had botox training for nurses membership of the EU, was on the Council of Ministers in the EU and had 7 MEPs fighting for Scottish policies in Europe.
Who will decide who's Scottish and who's English, what about the cross border workers?
There are 5.5 million Scots, all of whom would be able to work in the UK as its in the EU. Perhaps English and Welsh students will be permitted to attend Scottish universities for free like all the other EU nation states�