Scotland faces its biggest choice since the 1707 union - should Scotland be an independent country? The Yes and No campaigns are well under way but with the vote looming closer the information available to the public is still limited. The Scottish people will have to make their own judgments, and so they need to have the issues explained as clearly as possible without spin or bias. What will happen after the referendum? How will Westminster and the rest of the UK respond? What happens if the vote is 'No'? Is it even clear what independence will mean? What about the oil? What will the currency be? What will happen to the Old Age Pension pot if the UK splits? Scotland's Choices, now fully revised for the critical last few months before the referendum, tells you everything you need to know before you place your vote. Written by one former civil servant, one academic and one think-tanker - one a resident Scot, one a Scot living in England and one an Englishman - the authors clearly explain the issues you may not have considered and detail how each of the options would be put into place after the referendum.
Iain McLean is Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Professor of Politics, University of Oxford. He is the author of more than 100 papers and 15 books. Jim Gallagher has worked as a civil servant for the UK Government and the Scottish Executive for over 30 years. He was senior advisor to two Prime Ministers on devolution strategy (2007-2010), Secretary of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution, and expert advisor to the Scottish Parliament committee considering the Scotland Bill. He is Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Visiting Professor in the Glasgow University Law School and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Guy Lodge is Associate Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), one of the UK's leading think tanks. He is responsible for IPPR's work on political and constitutional reform and devolved politics has published widely in this area. He is Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and co-author, with Anthony Seldon, of 'Brown at 10', a history of the Brown premiership.
List of Tables; List of Figures; Preface; 1. What it means to have a referendum on independence; 2. Independence for Scotland: what will it mean in practice?; 3. The Calman Commission and the Scotland Act 2012; 4. The possibilities for more devolution; 5. A social union?; 6. The principles of fiscal federalism; 7. Oil; 8. Devolution and separation in the United Kingdom since 1707; 9. After the Vote; References.