Scottish Independence Myths and Their Facts

Scottish independence

Scottish independence is all many Scots are hearing at the moment, including the myths but not the facts. The vote is on September 18, and now is the time for the people to learn the truth about what it will mean. Here are some of the biggest myths people are being told, and the facts surrounding them.

Relationships With Other Countries Will Not Change: This is simply not true. If Scotland gains independence, it will be a country on its own. All agreements previously created were with the United Kingdom as a whole. Scottish independence will mean that negotiations will need to be made. This will include whether the country can become part of NATO, the United Nations and the European Union.

European Union Entry Will Remain the Same: This links to the point above. Being an independent state will mean that the country is no longer part of the EU as it would be as part of the UK. The terms of the current agreement are for all UK countries. It will be up to the Scottish ministers to determine the best terms for re-entry into the EU, but it will usually mean similar ones to the Eastern European countries that are currently joining. It will not be as easy as just slipping straight back in, and the re-entry can be vetoed by other countries.

Tax Can Be Cut: This seems to be one of the most common myths to get people to vote for Scottish independence, but what exactly is the fact? The truth is that Scotland currently overspends the money raised. Tax cuts will not be realistic, and it could actually mean taxes go up. Devolution already offers Scotland the chance to reduce some taxes, but ministers stick to the rates set by Westminster for a reason. When part of the UK, the overspending is more manageable because the tax from the whole of the UK is used to try off-set it.

More Devolution Is Not Possible: Devolution max was considered to be one of the options in the referendum at one point. Now the ministers are saying that devolution is not an option. This is certainly not the case. Scotland has gained more devolution since getting its own parliament in 1998. All the three main parties—Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats—have agreed that more devolution is certainly an option.

Scotland Will Keep the Pound: The question of currency has come up time and time again. First Minister Alex Salmond wants to keep the pound, but the three main UK parties are saying it is not possible. Salmond has mentioned that he has a plan B, but will not share that plan, believing that the UK government will give in. Chances are that Scotland will have to create its own currency, and now is certainly not the time to think about that.

Too many people are hearing the myths and not the facts. Yes, there are some positives to an independent Scotland, but there are also many negatives. People need to look into the Scottish independence myths and then consider their facts.

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham

Sources:

Gov.UK

Reuters

9 Responses to "Scottish Independence Myths and Their Facts"

  1. Alex Wood   August 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wel on the pound of course Scotland will have the pound we had it before to all the acts of union so Mr Salmond is a 100% right it is our pound as we brought it with us to begin with although monetary union took around 100 years, the question it’s wether it’s sterling or the Scots pound and on the tax issue I would gladly pay more to improve services……I don’t know any yes voters who expect a tax cut that’s just stupidity. Of coarse there will be a few years of disruption this guy think all yes voters are blinkered ……the truth is independence is not totally a financial transaction it’s a decision of the heart ….in other parts of Europe thousands have died to gin independence and yet some think saying that you will be £50 a month worst off will stop me voting in real terms the price of a meal for two…..

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  2. Jack   July 5, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Rubbish. The author is so biased. Clear agenda.
    Truth is, regardless of what are the “technically speaking” positions, the actual real life results will be we keep the pound, control our own tax, stay in NATO, stay in EU and all of that.

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    • Jack   July 5, 2014 at 6:34 am

      That said, looking at her grav, I still would.

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  3. Dusty   July 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Only time will tell. The only problem is we have one Government saying “it will all be bad” and our other Government saying “everything will be good”. What chance does the voter have to make an informed choice when our Governments won’t sit down and hammer out the best solution for both sides.

    It seems like the UK government will treat Scotland the same way it treated Irish Independence or even worse treating Scotland the same way it did with its former colonies.

    Short sited and unfair to the people of Scotland and the wider UK.

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  4. Alasdair de Voil   July 4, 2014 at 4:37 am

    If you actually listen to the expertise of EU lawyers and EU officials who have expertise on the issue of how will an independent Scotland negotiate its status to remain within the EU ( I have heard them speak at Oxford university session on this very issue), they all agreed unaminously that there is no economic or political rationale for the EU to not want to make it as straightforward as possible for Scotland to join and not to be left behind applicant nations which are not yet member states and which often don’t meet already many of the criteria. The fact is that law makers draw up these things based on political and economic interests and what the treaty rules have to say plus what is the overall aim of the EU. Moreover, it would be a nightmare for the EU to take a decision that would then mean the existing residents in Scotland who have EU citizenship (not just UK citizens) would suddenly lose their rights (proxy to being EU citizens the day before). It’s just political gerrymandering by Westminster to suggest that the EU would make life difficult on Scotland being able to renegotiate under amendments.

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  5. Rob Walker   July 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Scotland is not a member or signatory to any EU treaty, the UK is and therefore a British citizen is an EU citizen. If Scotland leaves the UK then it leaves the treaty arrangements and therefore it’s citizens are no longer EU citizens. It is not a case of being excluded or expelled just deciding to leave yourself.

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  6. Gerry   July 4, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Scottish citizens would remain EU citizens in the event of a Yes vote… They will not be excluded for exercising a democratic right that both the UK gov and Scottish gov have agreed to. Also, relationships with countries will change, but that is a good thing. The UK is viewed unfavorable, and especially over here in Brussels.

    Basically, facts are not available because the UK Gov will not pre-negotiate terms. This is the only way facts will be achieved. Scotland will have to vote for what they believe to be best for their people. And if people look deep inside, they know who is best placed to govern them, i.e themselves!

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    • Alexandria Ingham   July 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

      Scotland would become a separate country that hasn’t negotiated terms with the EU. So, a Yes vote and subsequent split from the UK would lead to not being part of the EU initially. The same applies to NATO and the UN. All the original terms were agreed with the UK as a whole, and not the separate countries.

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      • errea (@errea1)   July 6, 2014 at 7:17 am

        To follow your logic Alexandria, neither part actually negotiated anything individually so either both (or neither) can claim the various memberships.

        Realpolitik will come into play with a ‘Yes’ vote as would the EU and NATO want the disruption of the various parties leaving and rejoining? I doubt it. UN membership is a given.

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