Scottish independence: EU, defence & Nato

READ the first of our series of specials on Scottish independence, featuring contributions from Alex Massie, John Curtice, Fiona Hyslop and more.

For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, visit our dedicated referendum website. Picture: TSPL
For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, visit our dedicated referendum website. Picture: TSPL

THE desire for an independent Scotland to take its place on the global stage must be matched by clarity on dealing with the technical challenges, writes Alex Massie

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ARGUMENTS on Europe that rests on a shared assumption – that voters are sufficiently concerned about remaining in the EU that the issue might sway which way they will vote. But, John Curtice writes, the assumption is a dubious one.

HOW would an independent Scotland defend itself and conduct foreign affairs? Sceptics assert that Scotland would struggle to pay for its defence, and would lose “global clout” by leaving the UK. Dr John MacDonald asks whether that is the case

THE referendum debate has thrown up myriad questions that the nationalists have been unable to provide coherent and convincing answers to, and none more so than questions about our defence, claims Gemma Doyle

THE SNP’s claims on the process and timescale for Scotland joining the EU bear no resemblance to the reality of the situation, writes Adam Tomkins

AS a full member state of the EU we will have greater influence and control over the policies which impact upon our lives and prosperity, writes Fiona Hyslop

WITH no precedents, Scottish applications to join the EU and Nato could hang on the interests of others, writes Matt Qvortrup