Originally posted by JakiusFogg
So, as most of you will not be aware. Today we are seeing the results of a round of voting in the UK, including voting on Scottish Parliament
Surprisingly or not, the SNP (Scottish National Party) have gained an overall majority of the seats in the Scottish house of Parliament. Within hours
of this, the media in the UK has stated, even has been responded to seriously by the Prime Minister David Cameron, the idea of Scottish independence
from the United Kingdom. This is being seriously mooted by the MSM.
They is already talk of a "referendum" on the matter, Word is, is that the SNP are now saying that this ideal and result is a mandate from the
people of Scotland. Although their election campaign did not touch on this issue, whereas the Scottish Labour Party were using it as a scare tactic in
theirs. I guess it did not work, at least for the SLP.
Should such a referendum occur, and the Scottish people decided to vote yes for an independent Scotland. Does this mean that we can then have and
What would it mean for our armed forces?
What would it mean for "British" Oil and Gas fields that were developed by British Companies, by the UK, but would then lay in "Scottish"
Could Scotland survive economically with the umbilical cord to Westminster cut, and without the Billions of pounds of subsidies given by the British
government each year!?
What about their free university places?
If this happens. I say good, reinvest it back into England and Wales, and leave them to it
What would happen to their Nationality, or passports? Surely they would not be allowed to keep British Citizenship? What about membership to the
European Union? Surely they would have to demonstrate they can meet the requirements? Just as other applicant members must.
Protection under NATO? Membership of the IMF and World bank? What about the UN??? all of which they have enjoyed under the umbrella of the United
Kingdom, which they would then not be a part of.
Would they still wish to exists as a Crown protectorate, as the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands??
Should the UK Government resist this, in the face of resurgent Scottish Nationalists. If such resistance escalated could we see Scottish Regiments,
who have served with honour, distinction and loyalty to the Crown rebel against their oath to the Crown? Worst case, scaremongering scenario, civil
Indeed the SNP and people of Scotland have much to lose, and much to consider should they embark on the path to separate themselves from the UK.
In turn, so do the English. If this happened at least we would no longer have Scottish MP's voting on issues that affect England in the Houses of
Parliament, while English MPs are prohibited from voting on Scottish issues in Hollyrood.
This is more than a bad Mel Gibson film!
edit on 6/5/2011 by JakiusFogg because: Spelling and Grammar
As a scottish person, the idea of independence is what i want to become reality...now more than ever. The SNP promised us a referendum on
independence when they were first voted into power many years ago..thats why they got the votes in the first place. Today in Scotland, we have
recognised that the SNP have not put much wrong, they are fighting for Scotland and our rights. Along with this we are being ruled by idiots in
London who year after year make the wrong choices, whilst we in Scotland, who can do it ourselves have to tag along with London. There are many
reasons why independence would work, and why i want it. They are...
1. We wouldnt be ruled by a government that cares about London and the SE rather than the UK
2. We wouldnt be associated with the war mongering of the UK and USA
3. We would be able to develop our culture further, promote tourism further and take care of our own the way WE see fit
To answer some of your questions on NATO etc. I HOPE TO GOD that when we get independence (which will happen one day) that we DONT join NATO, or the
EU. Infact i would like to see huge signs erected along our border clearly stating that we are NOT associated with them at all. As for the Oil
issue, you say british companies, but Aberdeen is the Oil capital of Europe and the majority of oil companies in Europe either have their headoffice
or a big presence in Aberdeen. Scotland would have their own taxation system, that would encourage business and growth so i doubt the would be
running away from us. The majority of the oil fields are off the coast of Scotland, so it would be scottish waters, not british. Scotland generates
a huge income for the UK for its population, more than enough to provide for itself, even without oil.
Scotland has the following industries to assist it. Finance (edinburgh is 11th largest centre in Europe), textiles, whisky, electronics,
manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, energy, insurance, fishing, but to name a few. Until recently, Scotland was one of the major powerhouses of
Europe, with Glasgow being the second city in Europe to reach a population of over 1,000,000.
Scotland gets allocated £33,000,000,000,000 a year (approx) to spend on its healthcare, education etc from London, yet it generates
£137,000,000,000,000 for the UK.
Something tells me we will be fine!
Goodbye UK (only 300 years too late)