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Poll: Scottish independence

From the point of view of engineering and industry, would it be a good thing or a bad thing for Scotland to vote for independence?

 

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BAE Systems’ shipyards in Scotland are major employers of engineers

• I’m Scottish and it would be good for Scotland to be independent
• I’m Scottish and it would not be good for Scotland to be independent
• I’m not Scottish and it would be good for Scotland to be independent
• I’m not Scottish and it would not be good for Scotland to be independent
• None of the above


This page will show the poll results from 2nd September; to go straight to the poll click here. Please let us know what you think of this subject and the options we have suggested.


Readers' comments (38)

  • I’m not Scottish and it would be good for Scotland to be independent

    Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/opinion/poll-scottish-independence/1019108.article#ixzz3BV2yKyMs

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  • I don't see much difference. It would be nice to be able to travel to Scotland without the need to travel 4 hours to London to apply for a visa for non-eu people.

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  • I wonder what Salmond is going to do if the vote goes against his very personal crusade? The honourable thing and disappear? I very much doubt it. The most probable is that he will continue to take the money and be a waste of the UK taxpayers hard earned cash.

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  • How about the option:
    Decisions of this magnitude are far too complex (and emotive) for 'ordinary people' to make and should be left to their elected representatives, supported by the offices of government/civil services etc., to make the decisions we pay them to make on our behalf rather than using referenda as a cop out.

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  • I’m not Scottish and it would be good for Scotland to be independent

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  • Actually, it's the other way around. They say that "An Englishman is someone who lives on an island in the North Sea, ruled by Scotsmen."

    Why would the Scots want to let go of the control they have on the English?

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  • I'm not Scottish (though I was born in Aberdeen).
    I think independence would be a bad thing for the whole of the UK.

    To me it feels like a personal crusade by Alex Salmond and a few others and they are prepared to go to any lengths (lowering voting age to 16) to try to further their cause.

    They also seem extraordinarily badly prepared with fundamental questions such as EU membership and currency arrangements still unresolved.

    I'm inclined to agree with the earlier commenter that this is too complex and emotive a subject to be left to the blunt instrument of referendum.

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  • We considered making the question 'good or bad for the UK', but the referendum question only refers to Scotland.

  • Before oil was found Scotland was heavily supported by government investment of heavy industries, infrastructure and housing where there was none or very little.
    Now the heavy industries are fading with third world rapidly expanding theirs.
    Consider the time when the oil/gas finally runs out and what results without support from the south?
    What no Navy/Army to prevent invasion, fisheries protection (remember the cod wars) ?
    Conjoined Scotland within the UK is essential for power and everyone's security in our islands.

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  • I am Scottish, live in England. As do a multitude of professional scots. It's not just wanderlust that created a huge Scottish diaspora . The idea that it is easy to separate two bureaucratic systems from two hundred years of integration both fiscal and legal using civil servants is ludicrous to the point of insanity. I have not yet met one expatriate Scot who thinks this is a good idea. Emotionally , fine . Paint yourself in wode and sing Scotland the Brave into the wind coming off the North Sea before going home to a diminishing unemployment benefit cheque. Be careful what you wish for!

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  • And expatriate Scots don't get a vote (but English people living in Scotland do).

  • I think independence will be great for Scotland and the rest of the UK. I am an engineer and see lots of investment coming into an independent Scotland because for the first time Scotland will be able to invest in itself. So there will be huge benefits for construction companies etc from all over the UK.

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