Scotland's Independence Referendum

In the upcoming referendum, to be held on September 18, 2014, Scotland will decide whether or not to become an independent country from the United Kingdom.

Chatham House’s experts and contributing authors examine the effects a 'yes' vote could have on the UK’s international influence and foreign policy priorities and consider what role an independent Scotland might play on the world stage.

Professor Robert Hazell from the University College London explains in his article why he thinks that Scots’ hopes of automatic entry into the EU are misplaced.

Click here to read Robert Hazell’s full article “Would Holyrood pay for independence in euros?”

Colin Fleming assesses the benefits and challenges that might be encountered in a defense cooperation agreement between an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in September’s referendum.

Click here to read Colin Fleming’s full article “After independence? The challenges and benefits of Scottish–UK defence cooperation”.

And what about foreign governments’ attitudes towards the referendum since its confirmation in October 2012, and on their expectations should a ‘yes’ vote result? While most foreign governments have adopted a policy of non-intervention, treating the referendum as the UK’s domestic affair, there are also concerns, including the diminution of the UK’s power and role in international affairs, the possible encouragement of other secessionist movements, and disturbance to international organizations and alliances.

Click here to read William Walker’s full article “International reactions to the Scottish referendum”.


Photo courtesy of Britain United.

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