James Forsyth: What Britain will lose if Scotland goes
COMMENT: The Spectator's James Forsyth outlines his view on the possible outcome of a 'Yes' vote in the Scottish independence referendum, and the possible implications for the remaining United Kingdom.
Forsyth writes: "We have said for so long that it’s just not British to discuss what makes you British that we have forgotten our raison d’être.
"If this referendum is defeated, it is imperative that we learn how to foster our sense of national identity again. If we do not, this plebiscite will not be the end of the matter but the beginning."
On 19 September, people over all Britain could wake up in a diminished country, one that doesn't bestride the world stage but hobbles instead. If Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom, it would be Britain's greatest ever defeat: the nation would have voted to abolish itself.
The rump that would be left behind after a Scottish yes vote would become a global laughing stock.