Scottish independence: Are you for or against?

Scottish independence: Are you for or against?

The battle for Scottish independence is heating up as the Yes camp makes significant headway.

Voters will go to the polls on September 18th and it is getting too close to call. In the past month there has been a massive shift in support towards independence and a recent YouGov poll gave the Yes camp a small lead for the first time (51 per cent to 49 per cent).

Many have heralded Alex Salmond's astute leadership of the Yes campaign, as he continues to steal William Wallace's line of 'Freedom' in Braveheart!

On the other hand, the Better Together camp has been accused of complacency. Indeed, all three main political party leaders are skipping Prime Minister's Questions today (September 10th) so they can travel to Scotland and lend their support, but many are viewing this move as too little too late.  

They have also announced plans for what is being called 'Devo Max', which would see Scotland given additional powers around income tax and public spending if it remains in the United Kingdom. Mr Salmond has labelled this plan as evidence of the "disintegration" of the no campaign. 

What is the business case for independence?

Business leaders have been split on whether or not independence will be a good move for Scotland. However, many are keen to have greater control over fiscal decisions, especially when it comes to investing the profits made from North Sea oil.

Being responsible for the whole budget also gives Scotland the opportunity to opt out of spending on nuclear defence, and the cuts and privatisation agenda being pursued by the government.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways' owner company IAG, is positive about independence, as he thinks it will bring real business benefits. He told the BBC that the Scottish government recognises the importance of effective taxation policies to drive growth. 

Why should Scotland stay part of the UK?

Prime minister David Cameron has issued a rallying call to all Scots, asking them not to take a "leap into the dark" that there will be no coming back from. The no campaign argues an independent Scotland would face serious economic challenges, while uncertainty persists about what currency the new country would use. 

Major corporations such as BP, Shell and BAE Systems have said the continuity and stability offered by the union means that effective business partnerships can be delivered. The no camp also points out that many of the supposed positives of independence are based on uncosted projections that rely on future factors that are still unknown.

How will independence affect companies?

One tangible difference for an independent Scotland would be that audio conferencing could fall under international boundaries, similar to making a call to a business partner in Ireland. While low-cost international conference calling is available, it will result in an additional business expense. 

Luckily for Scottish firms, the quality of technology offers a seamless experience for those taking part, which means the geographical boundaries will not be a factor in their ability to host important client meetings.

It's clear the vote is going to be very close and whatever the result, the composition of the UK is coming under its biggest challenge since the 1920s.

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