As the independence vote for Scotland gets closer, it is important to see what it will mean for the rest of the U.K. if the country decides for it. One of the limitations of this referendum is that only people living in the northern country will get a vote, but there are plenty of Scottish people living south of the border. Should the Scottish become an independent country, it will also mean major changes for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so surely they should get a vote, too.
There could be benefits for the rest of the U.K. should Scotland vote for independence and get it. The United Kingdom states that the Scottish country continually needs to be bride with more net subsidies each year. In fact, the bribes total £32 billion a year, which could help towards the deficit within the Westminster government at the moment.
However, that £32 billion would be lost when the amount Scotland brings in with the oil and its own taxes. The Union would only see £9 billion per year once all the extras are taken into account. However, that is still an extra £9 billion for the U.K. government, and could help prevent a few cuts and harsh taxes to the English, Welsh and Northern Irish people.
That £9 billion is not that much when the risk is added in. Fewer countries are likely to invest in the Union without the Scottish people. That could lead to much more of a loss over the course of the years. It would also mean the same for the Scottish people, as the country proves that it is a stable option after becoming independent.
What would it mean for the U.K.’s size and density as the Scotland independence vote gets closer? The country would become smaller, but the number of people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland would not change. According to statistics from the BBC, the Union would lose 32 percent of its land, but just eight percent of its population. It would go from being the 45th most densely populated country to the 29th on the list of countries around the world. It would be considered much more crowded than ever before.
Westminster parliament would change. While the number of seats the Conservatives gained would decrease by one based on the 2010 results, the number of seats Labour and the Liberal Democrats gained would decrease considerably. This would mean the Conservatives would have had a majority, so would have pushed through all of its reforms. Many of the Liberal Democrat benefits would have been lost on everyone.
However, it could mean positive changes for the rest of the Union. As the Scottish people break away, the government in Westminster may see all the things that work for the country. That could lead to the introduction of new policies based on that. This is something that Carlisle resident Craig Johnston hopes will happen, and is why he is in favor of the Yes campaign.
The break would mean a number of changes for all; some good and some bad. It is important for everyone to consider what it would mean for the U.K. should the country vote Yes, as a whole as the Scotland independence vote gets closer.
By Alexandria Ingham