Scottish independence referendum

The people of Scotland go to the polls in September to decide whether Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom, or become independent. We look at the economic and financial pros and cons of independence, and at what the referendum means for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Scottish independence:
The cost of breaking the union

Could an independent Scotland become the next Singapore, or would a 'Yes' vote be an act of national self-harm? Merryn Somerset Webb investigates, and outlines the four key things investors should watch out for in the event of a break-up of the UK.

An independent Scotland must abandon the pound

If Scotland is to leave the union, there can be no half-measures, says Seán Keyes. It must abandon sterling if it is to prosper.

Brexit: how it is saving the Union

Scots are keen on the EU, but not enough to leave the UK to join it. Given the choice between the UK and the EU, they choose the UK, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Scotland wants it all – it isn't going to get it

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Scotland could remain part of the EU while still being a part of the UK. That’s not going to happen, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Bad government is holding back Scotland’s economy

Low oil prices and the prospect of another independence referendum are damaging Scotland’s economy. But there is another problem, says Merryn Somerset Webb: bad government.

Why Scotland's nationalists should give every “no” voter a kiss

Scotland has dodged a bullet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The economic case for independence has collapsed into the North Sea with the oil price.

Tax competition – that would be something to thank the Scots for

No obvious economic good has come from the devolution of powers to the Scottish parliament thus far, says Matthew Lynn. That could change with the introduction of tax competition.

Scottish devolution: a vow fulfilled?

Panicked unionist parties made a “vow” of more devolved powers to voters during Scotland’s independence referendum. A new bill promises to deliver. Will it? Simon Wilson reports.

If Britain leaves the EU, will Scotland leave Britain?

It’s unrealistic to think that Scottish people will vote for independence from the UK, just to then join the EU, says Conservative MP Steve Baker.

Don’t be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland’s

Those who compare the Scottish referendum to the EU referendum are wrong. John Stepek explains why.

The City should woo Scottish banks fleeing the 'perma-frendum'

The uncertainty of yet another independence referendum is bad for Scotland’s financial sector, says Matthew Lynn. The City should roll out the welcome mat.

The lottery election

Merryn Somerset Webb explains how one couple’s lottery win could change British history.

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