An Independent Scotland: Worth the Risk?


Jesse Darwin

By: Jesse Darwin

The Scottish Independence Referendum has caused more than a mere ruckus in today’s newsstands, it nearly engulfs them. The Guardian’s editorial staff proclaims that the political standpoint would more likely succeed in favor of not separating from the United Kingdom. For if they separate form Great Britain, Scotland loses the union, their currency, and their political structure would crumble.


The union encompasses the political system of England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland; however, at least 49% of Scots’ wish to separate from the UK. In theory, the decision would make the nation financially independent and capable of reforming the political system as well as the economy. The other 1% and a half that wish not to separate believe that if Scotland loses the union, the will lose their currency and the ability to rely on the UK for any unforeseen financial dependencies.

An even more debatable aspect of Scotland’s separation from the UK would be the idea of losing their currency, the pound. Those for the independence theorize that Scotland could become one of the richest nations in the world within 5 – 10 years. While others believe that Scotland’s independence would not harbor a substantial currency to start off on their own. The result remains inconclusive for no one contains the capability to chart the economical solutions and ventures that could ameliorate them.

The most important facet of their separation would be the probability of a political upheaval in parliament as well as the possible reformation and revision of the politics in Scotland. A common idea from both sides definitely meets at one definite place: the possibility that Scotland’s political system would be in absolute shambles at the inception.

The result of Scotland’s independence referendum could lean either way at this point. And who knows what else it could inspire amongst other countries in the United Kingdom. Perhaps even leading dissolution of the entire union soon enough? We will have to wait until September 18, 2014 to see the results.