The point of the vote is to break the United Kingdom down into a lesser country period. At this time with almost ten percent of the population Scotland is a significant portion of the UK which gives it some clout.
It makes absolutely no sense that they should break up the UK in order to gain a little sovereignty, only to in turn beg the EU to take their newly gained sovereignty away from them. In the EU Scotland would be a very minor country that holds less than one percent of the EU population.
Everything that the UK negotiated with EU, including membership would be lost. The EU has confirmed this. This means that the Scots would lose all control over monetary policy because one of the conditions for new member states to join the EU is they must join the Euro.
But Salmond is lying and telling people the exact opposite. Salmond is telling people that Scotland would remain an EU member and they would be able to keep the pound.
The one possible benefit is the English would finally be rid of the Scots who are staunch socialists, who would rather live on hand outs from the government than work. So it would change the politics of the remaining UK.[/quote]
sadly, youre probably right in all your points.
if Scotland were independent, all the current Scottish Labour Westminster MP’s would no longer sit in Westminster, so the Conservatives would find it much easier to get an overall majority of the new Westminster parliament.
btw, the UK without Scotland is no longer the UK. The UK, by definition is Scotland, England, Wales and N.Ireland. Without any one of those 4, the UK no longer exists.
so technically, as the UK is the Member of the EU, and the UK would cease to exist, the remainder of the UK,(England, Wales and N.Ireland whatever it would be called) would surely need to apply for EU membership too.