Scottish Independence Referendum
Who are you?
Who are you?
Born in Scotland and eligible to vote
Born in Scotland and not eligible to vote
Born outside Scotland and eligible to vote
Born outside Scotland and not eligible to vote
While the Scottish government want the pound as part of a formal currency union with the rest of the UK, the main Westminster parties (Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats) claim that whoever is in power after the next UK election would block such a move if Scotland became independent.
Source: BBC and Daily Telegraph
Currencyfind out more
Scotland would be stronger with Sterling as its primary currency
Scotland would be in a better position by joining the Euro or creating its own currency
In the event of independence, a “Scottish Defence Force” of a standing army and ships would be formed. Experts suggest that this slimmed down force would consist of a standing army of up to 12,500 and between 20 and 25 shipsWhile the Scottish National Party rank and file have long opposed Nato membership due to its alliance of countries with nuclear weapons, the party leadership sees Nato as an important part of its international standing and favours membership if an agreement can be reached to remove such weapons from Scotland.
Source: The Independent
Defencefind out more
Scotland would be more secure if responsible for its own defence
Scotland would be more secure as part of a UK defence force
According to the Scottish Government, a benefit of independence will be responsibility for Scotland’s own immigration policy. At present, the Westminster Government's policy for the whole of the UK is heavily influenced by conditions in the south-east of England. Scotland’s need for immigration is different to other parts of the UK as healthy population growth is important for Scotland's economy, according to the Scottish Government. It wants to do more to encourage young people to build their lives and careers within Scotland and to attract people to live in Scotland.
Immigrationfind out more
Scotland should encourage more immigration into the country
Immigration should be capped at the current rate in Scotland
In the event of independence Scotland will not contribute taxes to maintaining the UK nuclear weapons programmes and will move Trident out of the country.
Nuclearfind out more
Scotland should maintain a commitment to a nuclear deterrent
Scotland should remove all nuclear weapons from the country
While Scottish parties want to remain part of the EU, there is no guarantee this will happen. By law, a new state it would have negotiate entry to the EU with the 27 member states and join the euro. Whether Scotland would be allowed the same exemptions as the UK, such as not joining the euro, would also need to be negotiated with the existing members of the EU, including the remainder of the UK.
Source: The Guardian
The EUfind out more
Scotland would be better off by taking the risk of re-applying for EU membership
Scotland would be better off remaining a guaranteed member of the EU
Tax & Benefitsx
The pro-independence lobbies have suggested that independence will provide Scotland the opportunity to create a fairer welfare society. Scotland currently spends a small proportion of national wealth and tax on social protection than the UK. Independence would allow for Scotland to set its own budges and improve both State Pension and Benefits.However, the UK Government have suggested that without the existing infrastructure provided by the UK, Scotland will struggle financially to provide for its citizens as Scotland has high poverty.Source: http://scotreferendum.com/ and https://www.youdecide2014.uk/
Tax & Benefitsfind out more
Tax & Benefits
The Scottish welfare system would be stronger using the UK taxation system
The Scottish welfare system would be stronger under a Scottish government’s taxation system
A vote for independence would see the formation of a new Scottish Olympic and Paralympic Association. The International Olympic Committee will grant Olympic status to a new nation recognised by the international community, but as negotiations over a new Scottish Government could take up to 18 months, this is unlikely to be in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the meantime, Scottish athletes have been guaranteed the choice to compete for a new Scottish team (in the event of independence) or represent Team GB, raising the possibility of Scots competing against their fellow countrymen and women in future Olympics.
Source: BBC Sport
Sportfind out more
Sottish athletes should represent Scotland only
Scottish athletes should represent the GB athletic team
According to the white paper ‘Scotland’s Future’, many of the UK Coalition Government’s key welfare policies, such as the bedroom tax and Universal Credit, would be abolished post-independence.Supporters of the Yes campaign cite the fact that 90 per cent of Scottish MPs voted against the introduction of the bedroom tax as a significant indication that the Scotland should set its own welfare policies.
Source: The Independent
Bedroom Taxfind out more
Scotland should abolish the 'bedroom tax'
Scotland should continue to use the 'bedroom tax’
The Scottish Government claims that in an independent Scotland, the state pension age (SPA) will rise to 66 in 2020, in line with the rest of the United Kingdom. However, a post-independence Scottish Government would reserve judgement on the UK Government's timetable for the SPA increase to 67 between 2026 and 2028. An Independent Commission on the SPA would be established within the first year of independence to investigate and make recommendations on the appropriate rate of increase of the SPA, beyond 66, that would suit Scottish circumstances. The commission would take into account issues of “life expectancy, fairness and affordability”.The situation for private sector pensions is less clear. While the ‘Yes’ campaign say there would be little change as they are ‘a private matter between individuals and their pension providers’, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has expressed concerns that there is no certain plan for how they would be managed under a new Scottish regulator.
Source: Scotland.gov.uk and The Independent
Retirementfind out more
Scottish people would be better off with local control of their retirement age
Scottish people would be better off with the current UK retirement policies
Various big companies have voiced opinions about Scottish independence, most notably Standard Life, which said in February it had drawn up contingency plans to leave the country post-independence, if necessary.Lloyds Banking Group may move its registered offices to London in the wake of a Yes vote and the heads of energy companies BP and Shell have also voiced concerns.
Source: The Independent
Big Businessfind out more
An independent Scotland would be attractive to Big Business
There may be business exodus if Scotland became independent
Many independence supporters are in favour of a referendum on the future of the monarchy after independence although the SNP leadership want to keep the Queen as head of state in an independent Scotland.
Source: The Scotsman
Monarchyfind out more
The Queen (or her successor) should always be the head of state
There should be a referendum to decide whether to keep the royal family
The Scottish Government has said that it would borrow billions of pounds in the first few years of independence in a bid to kick start the economy and end austerity. The SNP administration has previously proposed increasing public spending by 3% in each of the first three years which would be raised through borrowing. Chancellor George Osborne's austerity drive has limited UK public spending increases to 1% per year.The Scottish Government has said that the best way to reduce the deficit in the long term is to invest in public spending, to grow the economy and reduce the deficit in a sustainable way, ensuring there is less need to borrow in the future by boosting revenues in the long term.
Source: BBC News
Public Spendingfind out more
Scotland will be better off in the long run if it increases public spending
Scotland will be better off in the long run if current levels of public spending are maintained
If Scotland were to become independent its government would be The Scottish Government, separate from the UK parliament in Westminster. A Scottish Government would have the power to set its own laws and govern as a separate power from the rest of the UK.Source: http://scotreferendum.com/information/
Politicsfind out more
Scottish people would be better off if governed by a parliament elected from throughout the UK
Scottish people would be better off if solely governed by Scottish MPs
In its White Paper on independence, the Scottish government said an independent Scotland would end the married couple's allowance.
Married Couplesfind out more
The married couples allowance should be scrapped
Married couples should continue to receive an extra allowance
Pro-UK campaigners argue that cutting corporation tax to 3p less than the rest of the UK would cost the same as paying the wages of 13,000 nurses. In contrast, the SNP claims that cutting the tax would create 27,000 jobs and help boost GDP by more than 1 per cent over the medium term.
Source: Sunday Post
Corporation Taxfind out more
Corporation tax should be cut to pay for more jobs
Corporation tax should remain the same
Experts in EU law claims that charging British students up to £9000 in tuition fees if they attend Scottish universities after independence would be illegal. The SNP-led Scottish Government has said that English, Welsh and Northern Irish students would continue to pay fees following a yes vote in September’s referendum, even though Scottish students and those from other EU countries outside of the UK would continue to be entitled to free tuition. But legal experts say that the controversial charging regime flouts EU laws because it would be discriminatory.
Source: Daily Mail
Educationfind out more
UK students from outside of Scotland should continue to pay University fees
UK students who come to study in Scotland should not pay University fees
Home Secretary Theresa May has strongly indicated that Scots could lose their British passports and be denied dual nationality following a vote for independence in next year’s referendum. This is at odds with the SNP stance that Scots would automatically be allowed to hold both Scottish and British passports.Mrs May has stated there would have to be passport controls on the Anglo-Scottish Border if a newly independent Scotland joins the European Union and is forced to become part of the Schengen free travel zone, from which the UK is exempt.
Source: The Scotsman
Passportfind out more
The Scottish people should retain a British passport
The Scottish people should have a Scottish passport
The UK government paper on Security states that ‘Police Scotland would lose automatic access to the capabilities and resources of MI5, SIS and GCHQ and the UK's wider intelligence analysis capabilities. An independent Scottish state would have to build up its own infrastructure because new capabilities would be required’.
Security Servicesfind out more
Scotland would be more secure if part of the UK intelligence services
Scotland would be better served by having its own intelligence agency
The UK government paper on Financial Services and Banking states that: 'As part of the UK, firms and individuals benefit from a world-leading financial services sector and a large, integrated domestic market for financial services, with clear and effective arrangements for protecting consumers. This position would be put at risk if Scotland were to become independent.' However, pro-independence supporter and Deputy Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, claims: 'We see other small European countries that, right now, have mortgage rates lower than people get here in Scotland and it is also the case that increasingly we are looking at global action, European- wide and global-wide action, to make sure that we never experience again what the banking sector experienced some years ago.'
Bankingfind out more
Scotland would be financially stronger with its own banking system
Scotland would be more financially secure as part of the UK banking system
The Scottish Government has pledged to take the privatised Royal Mail back into public ownership.
Source: The Scotsman
Royal Mailfind out more
The Royal Mail should be re-nationalised and put under state control
The Royal Mail is better off as a private company