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So, if the Scottish Nationalist Party wins up north today a poll will be called to vote on Scottish Independence and breaking away from the current Union they have with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They may win today too. Although even if they do various polls have shown that the majority of Scots do not favour breaking away from the rest of the Union to form their own country.

But what if they did win the vote for an Independent Scotland?

Would that mean we'd have to reactivate Hadrian's Wall and use it as one big Passport and Customs Control? Afterall, all Scots would be illegal immigrants in England and would need VISA's to stay living and working here because they would no longer be part of the United Kingdom nor would they be part of the European Union which allows free movement of EU citizens.

So, we'd have to deport all the Scots and they'd have to go through all the red tape to come back in. Or wait until Scotland successfully applied for EU membership which could, because of the process, take years!

Hadrian's Wall could be the Scots/English version of the Mexican Border proposals!

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angusabranson
May. 3rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
I don't see why they should be fast-tracked when other countries that have been waiting for membership a lot longer go waiting.

Plus Scotland would have to apply for membership first, and I believe there is a minimum waiting period. Whether or not this is waved would have to go to a vote (plus Scotland would probably have to hold a referendum amongst its citizens to see if they wanted to join the EU and another to adopt the Euro as a currency if they wanted to move away from the Pound).

Scotland already has two or three banks which issue currency so I don't know how that would affect things (if at all).

The Union jack would certainly be altered. I should have a look round the Net to see if I can find one without the Scottish Blue and White!
heliograph
May. 3rd, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
"Plus Scotland would have to apply for membership first, and I believe there is a minimum waiting period."

Actually, no. They're already members. If you check the EU rules there's a clause for current members succeeding from their "host" country and staying a member of the EU. I'll see if I can dig up the link on that, but I read about this earlier when it was a Basque issue.
angusabranson
May. 3rd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
No worries if you don't.

It's all a bit of fun and speculation atm, I really doubt that the vite would go in favour of making Scotland its own stand-alone country.

The UK is certainly better as a whole than seperated into it's various seperate parts - regardless what some Scots and English might say :p
heliograph
May. 3rd, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
I poked around a little: my recollection comes from the fake story about the Flemish succeeding and some of the speculation and reaction to that.

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