Opinion: Simple question but no easy answers

The Scottish referendum is a simple question with no easy answers, says Neil

The Scottish referendum is a simple question with no easy answers, says Neil

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In a few days the people of Scotland will decide whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom or take the road to independence.

On referendum day, voters across Scotland will head to polling stations to answer the apparently simple and straightforward question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

The question might be simple, but whatever the answer the Scots come up with will provide us all with complications.

Should those in favour of independence be victorious, then two nations with a past, present and future that are inextricably linked are going to have to work out how to have an amicable 
divorce and then go on living right next door to each other.

But it will be no less complicated if those in favour of the union are victorious.

The question of Scottish independence is simply not going to go away.

A narrow defeat would not end the political debate or clamour for total independence.

It would, in fact, no doubt be greeted as a moral victory and be the springboard for renewed campaigning and further clamour for another referendum in the future.

Enough Scots want independence for this issue to come back to the fore time and time again.

We may or may not be on the cusp of an independent Scotland, but make no mistake, that momentous day cannot be too far away.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT