Why would Scotland separate?
- Historical. England brutally occupied Scotland in 1296.
- Emotional. Scots are very nationalistic. The feelings are a bit like a football team.
- The American billionaire Robert Mercer used his billions to trick the people of the UK into voting to leave the EU. Scotland could rejoin the EU.
- Scotland tends to vote for more progressive parties but the votes from the rest of the UK mean they are ruled by more conservative parties. After they split, they will be ruled by more progressive parties.
- For such a small country, the UK spends a tremendous amount on the military and meddles excessively in the affairs of others. After a split, Scotland could refrain from such militarism and its costs.
- Longing for the golden age. For two centuries, starting in 1750, Scotland was the innovative, intellectual center of Europe. When Scotland Ruled the World: The Story of the Golden Age of Genius, Creativity and Exploration
Why would Scotland stay in the union?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- If they split, they would have a huge cost of duplicating all the UK bureaucracies for Scotland, though they have partially done that already.
- They would have to come up with their own currency, would be much weaker than the current UK currency.
- Climate change could bring catastrophes to Scotland. If they split, they will be on their own to deal with them.
- If they split, they will be a negligibly small country on the world stage, with almost no power, especially for negotiating trade deals.
- If they split, they will inherit a proportion of the UK national debt. Without the help of the London financial engine, their credit rating will drop.
- Scotland is already having trouble with unemployment. If they split, the disruption and instability will make it worse.
- If they split, they will have to create their own new currency. It will not be anywhere near as strong as the UK currency. Most people will lose their shirts in the process.