Independence For Scotland Yes Or No?
Independence For Scotland?
The Scottish Independence Debate
On Thursday September 18th 2014, The people of Scotland will vote to decide if they want to stay as a part of the United Kingdom or if they would like to leave the United Kingdom and become an Independent Country.
The question on the ballot paper will simply read "Should Scotland Be An Independent Country?"
The voters will either tick a box marked "YES," or a box marked "NO,".
It took politicians almost three months to come up with how to word the question so that it wasn't biased toward either side of the debate.
Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party is leading the campaign for the Yes vote.
Alisdair Darling a former Chancellor Of the Exchequer and a Prominent Member of the UK Parliament from the Labour Party Is leading the Better Together campaign.
In the article below I will try to give an unbiased overview of the elections in plain and easy to understand English.
What Is Scottish Independence?
So what does Independence for Scotland actually mean?
The United Kingdom is made up of four countries Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales;.
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales each have their own parliament and can make most of their own political decisions although there are some limitations on the powers that they have control over.
Each of these Parliaments have members who are elected by the general population of their respected countries and they can pass or veto new laws pertaining to their own country within Limits.
London England is home to The British Parliament which not only makes all laws for England but it has tax raising powers for the whole of The UK and decides most of the laws for the entire UK.
The British Parliament has elected members from all around the United Kingdom.
An Independent Scotland would see a break away from the Parliament in London and Scotland would be in charge of it's own laws and affairs.
The Scottish Parliament
What Would Happen If Scotland Gets Independence?
If the people of Scotland vote yes to Independence on September the 18th, nothing would change over night, there would be a 2 year transition period with Independence day planned for March the 24th 2016.
Elections would be held in Scotland in May 2016, to choose the first official Government of Scotland as an Independent country.
From March 16th 2016, Scotland would no longer be Governed by the parliament at Westminster.
What Would Happen If Scotland Does Not Get Independence?
If the people of Scotland vote no to independence on September 18th, again nothing would change overnight and the Scottish Parliament would still be accountable to the Parliament in London.
Scotland would remain in the UK with the promise of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
The people of Scotland would still vote in the British Parliamentary elections as well as voting for a Scottish Government.
Should Scotland Pull Out Of The UK?
Scottish Independence Frequently Asked Questions
The people of Scotland Have a massive decision to make, a decision that will affect the outcome of the rest of their lives and the lives of their children.
Should Scotland break away from the UK and become Independent? or should Scotland Stay in the UK and remain in partnership with the other three nations?
As ever Politicians give long winded responses to the questions being asked, by the Scottish people, without actually answering the actual questions.
- Will Scotland keep the Pound?
- Will Scotland still be a part of the European Union?
- What will Happen to the Health service?
- What about Education?
- Will the Queen Still be Head of State?
- What about the Armed Forces?
- What will happen to Social Security Benefits and Pensions?
Will Scotland keep the Pound?
The Westminster Government states firmly that it would not be feasible for an Independent Scotland to keep the pound.
The Yes campaigners claim that Scotland could keep the pound but if not they have a plan B,C,D,E and F although they have never laid out any of these other options.
Will Scotland still be a part of the European Union?
The European Parliament has stated that Scotland would need to re-apply to the EU for membership and as with any application could be turned down.
The yes campaigners believe that being accepted into the EU would almost be a formality.
What will Happen to the Health service?
An Independent Scotland would no longer be entitled to the free health service that already exists in the UK.
The Yes campaigners believe that Scotland has enough money that the people of Scotland wouldn't even notice a change and Scotland would have it's own NHS system.
What about Education?
Education policies for Scotland are already in the power of the Scottish Government.
The yes vote campaigners believe that An Independent Scotland would allow more money to be spent on education that the current Westminster Parliament allows.
Will the Queen Still be Head of State?
An Independent Scotland would still be a part of the British Commonwealth and as such the Queen would still be Head of State.
What about the Armed Forces?
An independent Scotland would be responsible for it's own border defence on air land and sea.
Yes campaigners "Scotland would have its own defence forces, designed to ensure that Scotland is able to secure its borders, land, air space and sea, deter attacks and protect its citizens and assets, and make a contribution to peace keeping under the auspices of the United Nations"
What will happen to Social Security Benefits and Pensions?
Benefits and pension payments are controlled from Westminster.
The Yes Campaigners believe that after independence the payments will continue as normal and the new Scottish Government would make improvements to the current system.
The YES/NO Debate Scotland
International Poll on Scotland's Independence
Should Scotland Be An Independent Country?
Thursday September 18th 2014 is a day that will go down in History, will Scotland become an Independent country or will it remain in the UK?
The people of Scotland have a momentous decision to make that will affect their future no matter if they put an X in the box marked Yes or in the box marked No.