Scottish election and SNP win

  TopCat® 06 May 11
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I see that the SNP have won 69 seats and thus gained an overall majority in the Scottish Parliamentary election. Gaining this majority now means he has enough Holyrood votes to hold an independence referendum. Do you think that Alex Salmond, when elected the First Minister of Scotland, will now strive to achieve his long-held wish?

Secondly, what in your opinion would separation mean to the rest of us in Britain? TC.

  spider9 06 May 11

Topcat

I think the name of the party is the clue!

Scottish National Party.

So, yes, they do seek independence eventually, but likely to be a good few years yet.

  morddwyd 06 May 11

Most of the polls and predictions give about 70% of the people against independence and Alex Salmond knows it. That's unlikely to change much for some time.

That's why Wendy Alexander, when she was still a power in Scottish politics, said "Bring it on." when asked about such a referendum, and that's why the main opposition parties were so stupid when they combined to prevent it in the last Parliament.

She knew, and they didn't, that Salmond would suffer such a humiliating defeat that he would have been finished as party leader, and the SNP would have been a spent force in Scottish politics for at least a generation.

They played right into his hands.

He has already said that the referendum will be in the second half of the parliament. I suspect it will be around the last twelve months or so, so that he will be able to fight the next election saying "We promised a referendum and we delivered it, and you'd have got it sooner if the other parties had not denied you a voice. The people of Scotland have spoken", or words to that effect, and he will appear to be Oh so reasonable.

He's a canny lad is Big 'Eck!

  natdoor 06 May 11

Besides the windfall of repaid debt to England, the major impact of Scottish independance would be that British students would be entitled to free university education in Scotland. This would probably mean that all Scottish universities would be filled by English students and the Scots would be subsidizing us for a change.

  sunnystaines 06 May 11

independant scotland would need the EU & IMF to bail it out. take the pressure of England and wales forking out all the time.

  morddwyd 06 May 11

"the major impact of Scottish independance would be that British students would be entitled to free university education in Scotland"

I think you'd find there'd be more important effects than that, like the relocation of the nuclear deterrent from Faslane!

However, what makes you think that British students, unlike other foreign students, would get a free education in Scotland?

  Kev.Ifty 06 May 11

So English tax payers would pay the EU to subsidies Scotland instead of just paying directly to Scotland???

Cant Scotland support its self??

  morddwyd 06 May 11

Why should the EU subsidise Scotland?

It has enough to do subsidising its own members.

(Just in case anyone is taking all this seriously, it just isn't going to happen)

  Kev.Ifty 06 May 11

So English tax payers would pay the EU to subsidies Scotland instead of just paying directly to Scotland???

Cant Scotland support its self??

  natdoor 07 May 11

All students from continental EU countries are entitled to free university education in Scotland. Under EU law, all students are entitled to study in another EU country under the same terms as locals. At present, English students are excluded because they are not from a different EU state. Should Scotland become independent and an EU member, the English, Welsh and Northern Irish students will qualify for free university education.

Of course there would be many other complex ramifications and much of the industrial base in Scotland, especially defence related, would be transferred elsewhere.

  morddwyd 07 May 11

"All students from continental EU countries are entitled to free university education in Scotland."

No they are not, they are entitled to free university education in the UK.

We are presupposing the fantasy that Scotland is no longer in the UK, and no longer "Under EU law"

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