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.
Jo E. Murkens is a Lecturer in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Commonly, Scottish independence is judged in very general terms as to whether it is desirable. This book deliberately sets that aside - and, from a politically neutral standpoint, asks all the other detailed questions: how independence might be achieved, legally, constitutionally and financially; what would be the constraints and hurdles to overcome; what would be the international implications. It is to be commended for its thoroughness and clarity - and for its contribution to the debate over Scotland's future.