Independence, not separation.
by Elias Blum
Independence is not separation. Scotland would continue to be part of Britain, even after leaving the United Kindgom.
Norway did not ‘leave Scandinavia’ on becoming an independent state in 1905. It is an active member of the Nordic Council and co-operates closely with its neighbours across a range of areas of common concern.
Jamaica did not ‘leave the Caribbean’ after independence from the Federation of the West Indies in 1962. There is still a West Indian cricket team, a University of the West Indies, and a Caribbean Court of Justice.
Likewise, Scots in an independent state would continue to have close cultural, social, economic, family and linguistic ties with the rest of the British Isles, and would share in various British-wide institutions:
- Scotland would co-operate with the other jurisdictions of the British Isles through the British-Irish Council (the secretariat of which is already based in Edinburgh).
- There would, at least for a transitional period, be some shared services, paid for jointly by the governments north and south of the border under mutually agreed contractual arrangements.
- It is expected that the existing reciprocal arrangements with regard to freedom of travel and dual citizenship between the UK and Ireland would also be extended to an independent Scotland.
- Scotland would use its own pound sterling – just like the Falkland Islands pound, the Gibraltar pound, the Isle of Man pound, the Jersey pound.
Voting YES to independence is not voting for separation, but for a mature, free, partnership of equals.