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Few would disagree with 
Fergus Wood’s assertion (Letters, 17 March) that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are to some extent compatriot nations with Scotland and the rest of the UK.

However, that does not make them any less foreign, as Mr Wood will find should he wish to send a resident of any of these lands a Christmas card; it won’t get very far bearing an ordinary first-class stamp.

Even sending a letter to our nearest non-UK neighbour, the Irish Republic, requires more than twice as much postage to be paid than to an address in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Why?

Because the Irish Republic is a foreign country, just as Scotland would become to the rest of the UK, and vice-versa, were we to vote to become a separate state on 18 September.

Jane Ann Liston

Largo Road

St Andrews