On his programme this morning, Andrew Marr, a Scot, begins with this:
‘Are the Scots finally limbering up to leave the UK?’
No Andrew, what you should be saying is:
‘Are the Scots finally limbering up to BREAK the UK?’
He, like many others, seem to assume that the ‘UK’ will continue without Scotland. I can’t see how it can.
The basis of the ‘UK’ rests on the Act of Union from 1707 which forged the countries of England and Scotland into a new state called the United Kingdom of Great Britain. If one of the partners leave, how then can this enterprise continue to exist?
There appears to be this sense that the remaining three countries will continue as a United Kingdom, but I suspect some serious legal problems will arise if the Scots vote to leave. For example, will Scotland be expected to take its fair share of the British state debt? What about the issue of citizenship? How about the consequences for any or all international treaties, such as EU membership, if the British state comes to an end?
I don’t think politicians have actually got their heads around the consequences of a Scottish YES vote, but if it happens, there will no choice but to dismantle the British state. I do not believe the British state can continue if one of the two partners which created the British state leaves.
As many readers will know, I am a supporter of English independence. I believe England would do very well out of the British and European unions. I am disappointed, nay, angry, that the English will not be afforded the same option that Scotland will be. David Cameron has publicly stated no other country in the union will be allowed a say, so the future of a state of 60 million people will be left to around 3 million voter in Scotland.
What kind of democracy is that?