Scottish independence : a practical guide



Scottish independence : a practical guide

Jo E. Murkens with Peter Jones and Michael Keating

Edinburgh University Press, c2002

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 306-314) and index



How might Scotland achieve independence? And what would be the consequences, for Scotland and the rest of the UK? Independence is ever-present on the Scottish political agenda. This book is the first serious study of the likely road to independence, and the consequences for the Scottish people and the Scottish economy. Scottish Independence starts with a detailed guide to the stages along the route to independence and goes on to analyse the legal, political and economic consequences. It asks key questions: *If Scots vote for an SNP government in Edinburgh, how will that government deliver its manifesto promise of achieving independence in Scotland? *If the Scots attain independence, what will change? What will Scotland's place be in the world? Can Scotland remain in the EU? *What are the economics of independence? Would there be a flight of capital and a stock-market fall? How much economic freedom would an independent Scotland have? *How much would change in the daily lives of Scots as a result of independence? How much autonomy would Scotland have as a small independent state in Europe?Scottish Independence will have an impact on public policy and on academic thinking, and is of key interest to politicians, civil servants, academics, journalists and anyone interested in Scotland's future.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Road to Independence
  • 1. Preliminary Issues
  • (i) Does Scotland have a right to be independent?
  • (ii) Does the Scottish Parliament have the power to hold an independent referendum?
  • (iii) What constitutes a mandate for independence?
  • (iv) UK reaction
  • 2. The Process and the Referendums
  • (i) Parliamentary sovereignty
  • (ii) Not a political panacea
  • (iii) The framework
  • (iv) The electoral commission
  • (v) Legislation
  • 3. The Practice of Referendums
  • (i) The electorate
  • (ii) Thresholds
  • (iii) The question
  • (iv) The campaign
  • 4. The Negotiations
  • (i) Who negotiates for each side?
  • (ii) The contents of negotiation
  • (iii) Speed of the transition
  • Part 2: Post-Independence Myths and Realities
  • 5. What Confers Statehood?
  • (i) State succession
  • (ii) Dissolution and the recognition of statehood
  • 6. Scotland in Europe
  • (i) The EU treaty and succession
  • (ii) Background of the Vienna Convention on state succession in respect of treatise
  • (iii) Relevance to the EU treaty
  • (iv) Application of EU law in an independent Scotland without succession
  • (v) Worst case scenario
  • (vi) The political knock-on effects
  • (vii) Scotland and the EEA/EFTA
  • 7. Greenland and Germany: Lessens for Scotland?
  • (i) The Greenland case
  • (ii) German reunification
  • 8. Accession to the European Union
  • (i) Requirements
  • (ii) The process
  • (iii) Effectiveness of Scottish representation
  • 9. Scotland in the World
  • (i) The rules for State succession to treaties
  • (ii) International organisations (The UN and the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank)
  • 10. The Economics of Independence
  • 11. Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom
  • (i) Citizenship Options
  • (ii) Would Scots be able to receive free treatment on the NHS after independence?
  • (iii) Social Security
  • Conclusion.

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