1. Scotland WOULD have to apply to re-join the EU, NATO, UN, etc. We only have membership as part of the UK and if we leave, that membership would not continue. Legally there is simply no way around it.
2. Applying to re-join the EU, Scotland would NOT be able to negotiate the same concessions as the UK did; we would HAVE to join the Euro and the Schengen Area.
3. Joining the Schengen Area would mean that effectively we would join the borderless European state, making it MUCH harder to fight illegal immigration.
4. It would also mean that we would HAVE to have border control between Scotland and rUK, because the UK is not a member of the Schengen Area, and without border controls rUK would become part of the Schengen Area by default. We didn’t want to join it for a reason, and we’re not going to let it happen by accident.
5. Scotland benefits enormously from public spending within the UK; if we leave, we will have less income and less support. The Scottish NHS would have to be completely separated, the border controls would mean that road and rail journeys would take longer because EVERY SINGLE CAR OR TRAIN would have to stop so EVERYONE’S passports can be checked…
6. It is simply untrue that Scotland would be able to “walk away” from its share of the national UK debt if rUK refuses a currency union. Does anyone genuinely believe that? It’s a debt that Scotland played a part in accumulating and if it tried to renege on its share there would undoubtedly be sanctions.
7. Even if we choose not to join the EU, we could not sustain a currency union with rUK; we could keep the pound if we wanted, but it would be merely a name. There’s a reason that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa (the biggest Commonwealth economies) all have their own currency now.
8. An independent Scotland could NOT sustain many of the benefits promised by the Yes campaign; for example, free tuition fees in Scotland are simply unsustainable. In England fees recently trebled because it was financially unviable to keep the £3000ish cap; Scotland will soon realise that free tuition is equally unviable.
9. Scotland WOULD suffer a downgraded credit rating if it left the UK. Projections from leading credit ratings agencies predict that it would need rUK’s support to be sure of a stable economy, could only hope to achieve an equal credit rating in the event of a currency union, and could drop two grades on the scale without one. Therefore an independent Scotland could not hope to achieve the same level of credit as rUK and public spending would suffer.
10. Scottish citizens would no longer be British citizens if we left rUK. We would HAVE to have Scottish passports and apply for dual citizenship. That will create issues for those Scots who already hold dual British/foreign citizenship if their other country of citizenship has restrictions on dual or treble citizenship (as many countries do). It also means an expensive, lengthy process of determining who is eligible for “Scottish citizenship”, the setting up of a wholly new passport service, and again, that is going to take money away from things that are actually useful like education and hospitals and roads.
11. Alex Salmond has admitted that he has NO PLAN B in the event that rUK refuses a currency union, and has accused anyone who wants a Plan B of not wanting what’s “best for Scotland”. God forbid anyone should want a sensible contingency plan or the chance to evaluate how it would work in practice.
12. Mostly, though, I’m voting NO because I believe in the power of togetherness. We’ve built a country I’m proud to be part of and working together to change things for the better is, in my view, a much healthier attitude than “you know what England this is your problem, Scotland out”. Besides - if the Yes campaign want to keep so many of the benefits of UK membership (like the currency, the EU membership, the credit rating, the trade benefits, having a seat at the top level of international politics, a permanent seat on the UN Security Council…) why do they want to leave at all?
Scotland is already recognised as a country in its own right. We have our own Parliament, our own unique culture, our own flag, our own school system. We don’t need to break away from a union that has helped us to become a productive, flourishing country as part of a stable partnership; but more than that, breaking away will cost us more than it will gain us.