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Kate Davies predicts that whether they do or don’t go, the referendum will cost the Scots a bonnie penny in tax all the same
 
It’s over 300 miles from London to the England/Scotland border – that’s three times as far away as France where, perhaps coincidently, three times as many of my colleagues have holidayed this summer. Yet it is the independence vote north of the border that Londoners and the rest of the UK will be turning their attention to later this month, rather than to the senate elections across the Channel.
 

But if the Scots do vote for independence on 18 September, will future generations view referendums and elections taking place in Scotland akin to those in France and elsewhere? Personally, I doubt it very much and I believe the two countries will still remain very closely connected, although there are many reported changes that we can expect if the ‘yes’ vote wins including to the Union Jack.

10 September 2014

One prediction from a member of the Flag Institute is that the blue Scottish parts will be removed and replaced with the field of green and white from the Welsh national flag. Wales, incidentally, is not represented on the Union Jack which was designed some 400 years ago because Wales was part of the English kingdom at that time.

Bringing the clocks into
line with Europe with lighter evenings but darker mornings could also come back into play; one of the major reservations to date has been that a change to the clocks in the UK would mean the sun not rising until 10am in the north of Scotland. It is unlikely that an independent Scotland would operate on a different time zone to the rest of the British Isles, in which case, if the rest did adopt the change, Scotland would be likely to follow reluctantly.

There are also some potential unintended consequences of a ‘yes’ vote, i...

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