yes, sure, the EU would happily lose all that massive area of fishing waters (and petrochemicals and tidal and wind energy)? Or maybe not. the sterling thing, yes probably that's a bit dodgy, though it's Scotland's currency too and England has no right to try to claim it to itself. The UK is a UNION of countries, Scotland never stopped being a nation with its own laws. The independence issue is not as simplistic as the English press presents it. What Scots really want is 'Devolution taken to the max' but that's not an option in the referendum which was not democratically defined but created by Cameron and Salmond in a wee huddle.
Indeed the UK was created in Edinburgh by the Act of Union, so if the union broke up there would be no UK. Loyalists in Northern Ireland (mainly of Scottish Protestant descent) are not loyal to England, but to the crown, so would have no reason to want to stay in a rump UK with England. The first pound note was Scottish (under license from the BoE) - the pound is the currency of the Union, not of England, and Westminster has no particular right to claim it should continue to control it when the Union does not exist. Equally England would find it hard to justify remaining in the Security Council, it would be one of the top 4 European nations but Germany or the EU would seem to have much better claim. All the small separatist movements in Europe would get a big boost by a civilised democratic negotiated split - i.e. the world would see you can do it without having a war! - Italy and Germany were both clusters of small states until very recently, who knows if any of those historic city states would see possibilities, specially if Scotland stayed in the EU. The dissolution of the Union would be the beginning of a major series of events. Maybe a back door to peaceful progress towards anarchism! If Scotland prospered, doing its own thing within a social democratic concensus, others would follow. Me, I'd love to be Cornish and have a passport with piskies on every page and cream tea as the national dish.
Don't sit on the fence, tell us what you really think. Is this a game of spot the x number of truths in a a pile of rubbish? If nuclear weapons are the qualification for security council membership why aren't Israel, India and Pakistan permanent members? I'm guessing from your 'beliefs' that you are in favour of Scotland leaving the Union, or maybe you'd be happier if Derbyshire left the union. I can't help feeling that it's people like you that the Scots want to leave.AegeanSoftTosh ... the Bank of England would not support a seperate Scottish Pound because it would mean supportting that financial communist moron Salmond's socialist policies to the detriment of the value of the English Pound. The UK sits on the Security Council at the UN because we have nuclear weapons. That is the basis of Security Council membership. Scottish tourism is already affected by that Don QuixSalmond's 'Green' policies having destroyed some of the most beautiful scenary in the UK by covering it with windmills that only work when it is warm with light breezes. I don't see RBS and BoS keeping their headquarters in Scotland after seperation when they see the massive tax rises that Salmond will have to impose to pay for his socialist utopia. All the major financial institutions will migrate south of the border in the first 12 months of seperate Scotland. The job losses in Scotland after seperation will be on a scale not seen since the Great Drepression. Scotland would not be allowed into the EU because Spain will veto it. They will never allow Scotland in because of their own Catalan and Basque seperatist movements. It takes ALL EU members to vote for new member to join. If, God forbid, they did let Scotland in they would impose the Euro and the Schengen open borders agreement on Scotland which will mean that England would probably have to consider border and financial controls, especially if England leaves the EU. When you have to brainwash kids with Braveheart retoric (and the attrocious and innacurate film produced by Mel Gibson, a proven hater of the English) and then give them the vote at 16 just to have a chance of winning a seperatist vote then that tells me all I need to know about the SNP and the validity of their arguments.
Don't sit on the fence, tell us what you really think. Is this a game of spot the x number of truths in a a pile of rubbish? If nuclear weapons are the qualification for security council membership why aren't Israel, India and Pakistan permanent members? I'm guessing from your 'beliefs' that you are in favour of Scotland leaving the Union, or maybe you'd be happier if Derbyshire left the union. I can't help feeling that it's people like you that the Scots want to leave.