The Union between England and Scotland was established in 1707 with the Act of Union and the two countries have grown from strength through our unification. We are delighted that following the referendum held on Thursday 18th September 2014, Scottish voters resoundingly rejected independence. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has continued to make the case for Scottish independence following the vote, in contravention of the Edinburgh Agreement, in which both sides agreed to respect the result of the referendum.
The main arguments for independence are:
-Self-determination: they wish to make the decisions that will affect themselves.
-Defence: they no longer wish to be a part of NATO or have nuclear weapons based in their country.
-Oil: they wish to control the North Sea oil revenues.
These trivial issues are not adequate in the minds of many for the breaking of ties that are centuries old. Prior to 1707, there were strong ties between the two countries as both became Protestant through the Reformation and these ties were strengthened further with the Union of Crowns in 1603.
Scotland benefits from its union to the rest of the U.K in a variety of ways. Scotland’s economy is very much dependant on the rest of the U.K with the defence industry flourishing from U.K contracts. There is also a large number of workers that commute across the border daily to work, both from Scotland and England. Independence also causes questions to be asked regarding currency. International Law experts have concluded that unless Scotland created a new currency they would also have to enter monetary union negotiations with the U.K if they desired to use the Pound or the EU if they desired to use the Euro. The experts conclude that such monetary unions would severely restrict the Scottish government’s fiscal policies. Both of these positions are contrary to those set out by the SNP in their campaign for independence. The Scottish economy also benefits from our position as a major player in the world markets which boosts trade. Economic experts believe that Scotland’s levels of public spending would be difficult to maintain after independence without significant tax rises due to the falling North Sea oil output. It is also believed that if independence was obtained the Scottish economy would stall due to uncertainty.
A further benefit of the union is that Scotland also receives international influence from the U.K as it is a member of the G8, NATO and a permanent member of the U.N Security Council. An independent Scotland risks being marginalised internationally. Leading International Law experts have also concluded that as an independent country, Scotland would lose all of its current rights, meaning that it would have to re-negotiate its membership of the E.U and the U.N, contrary to the reports from the SNP.
It is obvious that Scotland is stronger within the U.K and we would like it to stay!
The Loyal Orange Institution of England supports the union between England and Scotland.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!