- 14 Jun 2021
- Neilston, East Renfrewshire
I am English but lived in Scotland for an extended period, and whether or not you agree with it, Bletchleyite is absolutely right: independence is an inevitability, barring something seismic.
I am English living in Scotland for the last 38 years but I must respectfully disagree; The National newspaper delights in publishing polls showing support for independence at 50 plus whatever per cent..... but they never ask me. Regardless of the current Scottish administration's (in)competence regarding health, education, ferries etc, the SNP has never answered fundamental questions which would affect everybody in an independent Scotland, such as currency, border controls, etc. And their economic case for independence in 2014 was based on ever increasing North Sea oil revenues, which the SNP is now dead set against ! Should there be Indyref 2 (and I hope there is not, as the question was asked in 2014 and the populace chose to remain part of the UK and therefore accept the UK's policies and decisions) when the hard questions are asked, and not answered by the SNP, in my opinion support for independence will waver when faced with harsh reality.
Edit; To get back on topic, just one of the multitude of issues needing to be agreed in the event of Scottish Independence would indeed be the status, rights, and operational and security status of cross-border rail operators, especially if Scotland did succeed in joining the EU. What if Scotland and the UK adopted differing immigration policies, for example - Border checks at Gretna and Berwick ?