Example 1 – Complex Issue
Topic – Nationality
Current Situation – The vast majority of people living in Scotland are British citizens.
SNP’s vision ‘post separation’
Ref/Source- The 2013 white paper ‘Scotlands Future’ states on Page 16 that “we will ensure that British citizens habitually resident in Scotland on independence will automatically be considered Scottish citizens” and that this will include British citizens with Dual citizenship with another country and says that people born in Scotland but currently living outside of Scotland will automatically be considered. Citizens will have the right to acquire a Scottish passport.
Questions and Issues:
- If people born in Scotland but living elsewhere will automatically be considered Scottish citizens, then how come they are not being allowed to vote in any referendum to decide the matter?
- Will anyone who wants to remain ‘British only’, be allowed to do so?
- If not, then would this be mean stripping them of their citizenship against their will. This was considered by many to be illegal/immoral even for Brits who had gone off to join Isis
- If they can remain solely ‘British’ and can’t have, or don’t want, dual nationality, will they still be allowed to stay in Scotland?
- If potentially up to nearly half the population of Scotland who might be against separation then chose to remain British but can live in Scotland, will they pay tax in Scotland?
- Would it be healthy for Scotland to have a large proportion of its population to be citizens of another country?
- Would the remaining UK want to allow citizens rights for up to 2.5 million people who live and pay tax in another country?
- How much will any of the above cost to negotiate all of this with rUK?
Example 2 – Simple Issue
Topic – Blue Badges for disabled parking
Current situation – Applications and approval for Blue badges in Scotland are done through the local authority but appear to be printed and registered as part of a UK wide scheme. (Incidentally, they cost £20 in Scotland, £10 in England and are free in Wales – why the difference?)
Ref/Source – Notice of approval of a recent application came via a uk.gov email. Badge, when received, has no mention of Scotland but accompanying paperwork is from Transport Scotland and Scottish local authority.
SNP’s vision ‘post separation’ – Not known
Questions and Issues :
- Will Scotland need to develop and implement a completely separate system?
- Will Scottish ‘Blue Badges’ be usable in rUK and vice versa?