Mark Sear 
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Re: “Scotland the Brave!

A brave move on Scotland's part for sure. They would also have to reapply to join the EU which would most certainly have been blocked by - at the very least Spain, Portugal & France, since those countries also have provinces who seek independence. Scotland would not meet the strict financial criteria to join the European single currency. They would likely have had to stick with Sterling - but with no monetary policy input. It took Ireland 50 years after independence to achieve currency independence. Then there is the question of the UK nuclear deterrent, based in Scotland. Big businesses locating their HQ from Scotland to London (RBS for example).

The outcome, as you rightly say Mark, was to raise at least some awareness of the strength of feeling and opinion towards independence. For that they been rewarded, as have England and Wales, with additional constitutional powers.

I like Mark (I'm a friend and former colleague) am a proud Brit, living in Toronto, Canada. I saw in Scotland great parallels with Quebec's quest for independence. After the war of 1812 of which the spoils for Britain and Canada was Quebec, I'm starting to think that you Americans knew all along they'd want for their independence, eh? Clever!

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Posted by Navy Wharf Court on 09/21/2014 at 3:16 PM

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