Scotland Analysis: Devolution And The Implications Of Scottish Independence
- Scotland Office, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The UK Government is undertaking a major cross-Government programme of analysis prior to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, with the aim of providing a comprehensive and detailed analysis of Scotland's place in the UK; 'Scotland Analysis: Devolution And The Implications Of Scottish Independence (Cm. 8554)' is the first of a series of papers to be published in 2013 and 2014, looking at the UK's constitutional set-up and the legal implications of independence.
The UK Government is convinced that the current devolution offers the best deal for Scotland. The Scottish Parliament and Government are empowered to take decisions on a range of domestic policy areas such as health, education and policing, while Scotland continues to benefit from decisions made for the UK as a whole on defence and security, foreign representation and economic affairs.
Independence is very different to devolution. Based on independent expert opinion (published as Annex A), the paper concludes that if there were to be a vote in favour of leaving the UK, Scotland would become an entirely new state whilst the remainder of the UK would continue as before, retaining the rights and obligations of the UK as it currently stands. Any separation would have to be negotiated between both Governments.
Legal and practical implications of independence both at home and abroad are also addressed. An independent Scotland would have to apply to and/or negotiate to become a member of whichever international organisations it wished to join, including the EU and NATO. Scotland would also have to work through its positions on thousands of international treaties to which the UK is currently party.
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