Independent Scotland Would Give Conservatives Majority

The flag of Scotland
The flag of Scotland (Paul Morgan)

Since the announcement that a referendum on the future of Scotland will be held at some point in 2014 — also the centenary of the beginning of World War I, a ploy to remind the nation of what a United Kingdom can achieve? — there has been much discussion about whether the region’s secession would leave the Conservative Party with a permanent majority in Parliament.

Scottish independence seems a win-win for Conservatives. If a majority of Scots votes against secession, the union is saved. If Scots vote in favor, the Tories win a huge advantage over Labour. While Ed Miliband’s party would be stripped of 41 seats in Parliament, David Cameron’s would lose just one. Read more “Independent Scotland Would Give Conservatives Majority”

Barroso Dampens Scots’ Hopes of Independence

The flag of Scotland
The flag of Scotland (Paul Morgan)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso said Thursday that regions that secede from European member states would have to reapply for membership and ultimately carry the single currency.

“A new state, if it wants to join the EU, has to apply to become a member of the EU, like any state,” Barroso said on BBC radio. He added that all existing member states have to give their consent before a country can join. Read more “Barroso Dampens Scots’ Hopes of Independence”

Miliband Fears “Race to Bottom” If Scots Secede

Britain’s Labour Party leader has argued that England and Scotland share “one economy” and predicted a “race to the bottom” on salaries and working conditions if the two separate.

Speaking in Glasgow, Ed Miliband said he feared regulatory competition between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK would prompt companies to move “wherever the rules are weakest.” Read more “Miliband Fears “Race to Bottom” If Scots Secede”

Scotland Can Have Referendum on Independence

Eilean Donan Castle in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland, July 27, 2006
Eilean Donan Castle in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland, July 27, 2006 (Dave Conner)

David Cameron’s government will give the Scottish Parliament eighteen months to hold a referendum on independence.

A spokesman for the British prime minister said on Monday that uncertainty about the future of the union between England and Scotland “can have a detrimental impact on the economy.” Read more “Scotland Can Have Referendum on Independence”