By Josh Wells
Scottish independence is one of the most sensitive issues in British politics and the tensions surrounding Scottish independence is only going to increase until a referendum on the issue happens.
The first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, had suggested that the referendum will happen in 2014 but Westminster has said if it is to take place it has to be earlier.
There are many issues that will have to be addressed prior to the referendum in order for it to be a success.
The role of Westminster is going to be one of the most continence issues.
Will the PM, the cabinet, the parties and MP’s be able to suggest and debate this issue? Or would it be interpreted as Westminster trying to impose its will on Scotland, which Alex Salmond has already insisted shouldn’t happen.
The consequences of Scotland leaving the Union would be far reaching and is going to be hard to predict.
One thing you can be sure is that the Labour party is terrified at the idea of an independent Scotland.
Almost every general election Labour has ever won is due its dominance in Scotland. Without Scotland, Westminster would be a sea of blue.
The international stage shall also be fascinating.
This could see Britain losing its place on the UN Security Council.
In sport, Scotland shall face Britain in sorts of sporting events such as the Olympics and tennis.
Will Scotland have its own defence force in a secret location in Whitehall? Will Britain have a plan if war breaks out between itself and Scotland? Will Scotland develop its own nuclear weapons programme? All these questions, no matter their probability will have to be addressed.
This issue could be the decision of the century for Britain, and the result shall set the tone for Scotland’s relationship with Britain for at least the next generation and maybe for the next 300 years.