After the referendum we can take one of two very different paths. If there is a Yes vote Scotland will be plunged into chaos because negotiations on separation will take years.
The uncertainties over Scotland’s future we see now will be multiplied many times over. Anyone who thinks all the arguments will stop is mistaken. They will go on and on.
No-one knows what currency we will use, and how many years it will take to rejoin the EU. There will be a flight of sterling from the country and big corporations will move headquarters to London. Companies that remain will horde capital.
We will enter years of recession so house prices will collapse, but mortgages will become hard to obtain because interest rates will soar.
If there is a No vote all the economic uncertainty that has built up over the long drawn-out referendum will vanish. Boosted by a growing UK economy, Scotland will enjoy an unprecedented economic boom as all the investment held back in fear of a Yes vote is released.
Companies that have kept capital for growth safe will spend and spend again. Scotland will enjoy a period of sustained economic well-being, and even more powers will be granted to the Scottish Parliament.
Do we vote for a leap into the dark on the promise of a supposed better tomorrow some years down a long, torturous road? Or do we continue to belong to the world’s sixth largest economy as part of the most successful political, economic, military and cultural union in history, which for 300 years has proved that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Do we want to smash up Britain or make it work even better?
The referendum issue is a “no brainer”.
If there are 12 people in a room, one of whom lives in Scotland, and the other 11 in the rest of the UK, with the best will in the world, whose interests will constantly prevail?
Joseph G Miller