This is where an Independent Scotland would find enormous problems. Scotland contributes about £300 per head per year less than the rUK but spends over £1900 per head per year more- effectively over £9 billion. On independence they would have either to cut spending heavily or raise ( assuming about 3 or 4 million taxpayers) taxes by around £2000 - 2500 per head
Not to bothered by Scotland, john, if Southern England is subsidising them as well and they want independence then we should give it to them. We'd have more to spend up here in the Northwest without them.
Economically, maybe , but look at the problems with Brexit and the NI border being repeated. Also the Defence issues are huge with Russia being a long term threat and the Scottish airfields protects us. All of our submarines including Trident, our deterrent, are based there , with no obvious southern alternative.
Maybe best to leave this diversion for a new thread if and when Indy 2 is imminent.
Apologies to Bremner for the excursion from the thread
Sorry john, but are you saying England pays for Scotland just to keep our Trident, don't we have anywhere else we could keep them, and we have airfields all over the north of England that we could use instead.