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Stewart Glendinning

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  • Comment on: What would independence mean for Scottish architects?

    Stewart Glendinning's comment 18 January, 2013 1:39 pm

    Interesting article with only a couple of inaccuracies: -

    “ passport control could make cross-border work in Scotland more awkward” – the most favourable options for an independent Scotland would be full EU membership or membership of EFTA. Both would enable free movement of EU citizens and trade across EU/EFTA member countries borders not unlike the current situation with Eire. Of course if the remainder of the UK subsequently leaves the EU/EFTA that might be a different matter but it still wouldn’t be in either countries interest to erect barriers free trade or the movement of citizens.

    There will be no ‘devomax’ option on the ballot paper. The Edinburgh Agreement of October 2012 confirms there will be only one question – full independence or continued membership of the UK.

    Alan Dickson calls for a ‘natural evolution of devolution’. Like Malcolm Fraser I would agree that a fully federal UK is one natural evolution of devolution. Westminster shows no appetite for further constitutional reform and therefore the only other natural evolution is independence.

    Successive Westminster governments have failed to address the long-term poverty, poor health, and social inequities that blight people across the UK. The actions of the current ConDem administration and “One Nation” Labour suggest that the long-term benefits of Scottish devolution can only be protected and developed by independence thereby releasing the full levers of government to address such issues.

    For many in the YES Scotland campaign independence is not about flag waving or national identity. It is about recognition that Westminster with its built-in dominance and entrenched historical elite is broken and shows no signs of acknowledging or addressing its failures. Many have given up on Westminster delivering the type of country we want to live in. An independent Scotland will provide the opportunity to create that country.