Scotland will vote on whether it wants to leave the UK in September 2014, but a new report from UK’s Commons Foreign Affairs Committee wants the country to know this would be a very bad idea for both sides. We’ve noted before the tremendous difficulties that an independent Scotland could face, including possibly negotiating its entrance into the EU and renegotiating all the treaties it currently is a party to as a part of the UK. The report goes into more depth on these concerns, as well as a few new ones:
It is difficult to measure the impact on the RUK’s [rest of the UK] international standing and influence in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country but we conclude that some degree of reputational damage is inevitable […]By the Scottish Government’s own assessment, in the event of independence Scotland would need both internal and external security and intelligence capabilities to deal with the many diverse potential threats it believes it could face. Yet Scotland has no external intelligence infrastructure to build upon. With just over a year to go before the referendum takes place, it is not at all clear that the Scottish Government has a costed and coherent vision of the security and intelligence infrastructure it needs to put in place to protect Scottish citizens, businesses and economic interests.
Read the whole report to get a sense of the huge legal, economic, and political issues an independent Scotland would raise. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Scotland and the UK should stay together. Do it for the kids.[Scottish flag photo courtesy of Shutterstock]