Here are another couple of ideas to bear in mind :-
13. Exports; we will have to put our own systems in place to comply with the huge amount of regulations and restrictions demanded by all the other countries throughout the world, so that our exports will be allowed in.
14. Diplomacy; will we have our own embassies and consulates? (I have already been approached to be the Scottish Consul here in Holland. I am friends with the British Consul here, and the other week, he jokingly introduced me as the future Scottish Consul.)
15. What about nationalised businesses; eg British Airways? Will we split that up or just divide the shares between us? Again, how will we decide how much each side gets?
To round off:-
I want to see a full-blown financial picture for Scotland, the same as for any business:-
budget / profit and loss account / balance sheet.
But mostly, what I really would like to see is a cost-benefit analysis; what will it cost us and what will we get out of it – over the long term; ie 50 to 100 years. If the costs will be more than the benefits, my feeling is, don’t go for it.
Bear in mind, these costs and benefits cannot always be expressed in money terms. The social costs, while very difficult to assess, are more important than the monetary considerations.
This is going to be an enormous project to do, but we, the voters, need to be appraised of all the implications, before we make up our minds. This is what I mean when I keep harping on about setting the emotion aside when we make our decision.
A few extra ideas to finally round off :-
Ireland’s independence was long ago and a much different situation. They were never as integrated with the UK as Scotland is with England today, and the scale then was much smaller and far less complicated.
Changes would not be smooth. New systems would need designing, implimenting, trial runs, trouble-shooting, training, etc. Believe me, as an ex-IT project manager, this is a nightmare.
Wait for the egos to appear. ‘It’s ma ba’, and ‘the ba’s oan the slates,’ will be cries that will be often heard.
On the date of the hand-over, will both sides try to keep as many items as possible in their own territory so as to lay claim to them; eg, trains.
In the year 3000, the Scottish independence question will probably appear as three sentences in the history books. ‘In 1704, the Scottish and English parliaments were united. In 2020, the Scots chose independence again.’ For me the big question is, ‘what will the third sentence say.’