SRS White Paper: “Much cost, little benefit”

September 9, 2014 Comments (0) Views: 2055 SRS Research 2014


The referendum campaign has been largely fought from a negative standpoint. It’s an inescapable fact that, voting ‘NO’ is a negative decision made on the basis of what would be bad for Scotland, if independence was declared.

So we’re ditching the negativity here and want to reinforce the positive side of staying in the UK and what the gains would be for Scotland.

1. A seat at the top table, as a valued part of the United Kingdom and a UN Security Council Permanent member. With the present state of tension in the Middle East, Ukraine and in Afghanistan, it would make the UK appear weakened, and Scotland openly vulnerable to terror threats and a safe haven for extremists. This is not a scare tactic, this is living in the real world.

2. Genuine influence over US and EU by being part of worlds 5th biggest economy rather than merely 1% of EU population

As made clear in our published document “Much Cost, Little Benefit”, [LINK TO FULL VERSION] the United Kingdom and, in particular Scotland would not only suffer internally from separation, but the standing of the UK, bereft of Scotland, would diminish in the eyes of the US and the EU. The case for what Scotland would gain economically from union is therefore abundantly clear

3. Access to research funding from UK Government

12x greater than Scotland could muster through its own Research Council to maintain Scotland’s world class universities. We have just commissioned and received a paper from Professor Hugh Pennington, which makes a robust case for the benefits Scottish Universities would enjoy, by staying in the United Kingdom [LINK TO VIDEO]

4. Substantial input and joint ownership of BBC

The BBC remains recognised as the world’s foremost broadcasting service, funding and promoting programmes that obtain accolades across the nations. Scotland has contributed consistently to these programmes on a multilateral basis, through locations, presenters, performers and writers. Staying in the UK gives Scotland continued access to world audiences through a stable, publicly funded organisation.

5. A strong military in a highly dangerous world

As mentioned above, the tension and high level threats posed in several hostile theatres, have the potential to escalate into long term conflict. Scotland would be immeasurably more secure within the UK’s military and strategic umbrella

and  serving a Global Security network in a very polarised context

6. Embassies in 160 countries

An independent Scotland’s reach would be a fraction of that, but as a part of the United Kingdom, influence would be sustained without the immense cost of installing a new network.

7. Shared NHS

This issue has been unwisely highlighted by the separatists, in the hope that wavering voters would be alarmed by the prospect of a reduced NHS in Scotland, as privatisation cuts hold back on Health spending. This is simply untrue. Health is a devolved power in Scotland, and the Scottish Government currently supports part of its NHS budget through private initiatives, like the rest of the UK. Staying in the United Kingdom, allows more, not less, expenditure on health across the Union. It also protects against severe health crises – Scotland for example could not offer support for Ebola, or other high priority epidemics.

8. Better public services

Social spending, infrastructure and education need a large and varied tax base to be sustainable and to progress. A smaller population base with an unreliable economy

9. Keeping your money safe

Savings and bank accounts are currently protected should a bank experience difficulties like Northern Rock and RBS did. In an independent Scotland, there would not be a central bank to do this, leaving your funds open to risk.

10. Stability

The stability of being part of one of the world’s fastest growing developed economies .while maintaining a distinct culture- Scots Law, Church, Education. Britain enhances Scotland’s culture and influence, it does not diminish it

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