John Curtice reviews the polls. He finds that most indicators continue to suggest that the verdict will be No and argues that although the debate will range far and wide in the coming months, the victory will ultimately go to the side that presents the most convincing economic argument. This blog was republished from LSE British Politics and Policy blog.
Brad McKay reflects on the implications of Scottish independence for three major industries, the energy, oil, and gas industries, financial services, and defence. In the second of four part series, Brad explores what impact independence might have on the financial service industry. The series will resume after the new year.
Recently two of the Uk’s large retailers, Asda and Morrisons, announced that food prices would rise following a vote for an independent Scotland. Is this scare mongering, or is there a business case for this claim? To get to the route of these assertions, the underlying logic of the announcements by the two supermarket chains need to be unpacked. As part of the UK, Scotland is also part of a large single market. In many respects, the UK single market operates much more efficiently, and fluidly, with few barriers to trade then, say, the EU does.