Can Scotland afford to be independent?

Setting up an independent Scotland is estimated to be about £25 billion, £15 billion of which comes Scotland's share of UK assets. The remining £10 billion is a one-off cost.

Full answer here: How to pay for becoming independent

Certainly.  Scotland has adequate renewable energy resources -wind, water, tidal. It has a good manufacturing base with a world class financial sector.  It has thriving service and tourist industries.  The tax basis for enabling economic and social development exists.  It was established in the 2014 referendum that Scotland would not need to take on a portion of the UK debt.

Full answer here: Can Scotland afford independence?

The Crown remains of worth to Scotland despite republican sentiments

Author / Creator: Scott Crichton Styles

Media type: Newspaper article

Date published:

The death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the accession of King Charles III, has provoked discussion about whether an independent Scotland should be a Monarchy or a Republic.

Independence in the modern world. Wealthier, happier, fairer: why not Scotland?

Author / Creator: Scottish Government

Media type: Book

Date published: 2022

Small independent countries are performing better on many measures than larger ones. Why not Scotland?

Wasted Opportunity: Decoupling Social Mobility from Resource Consumption

Author / Creator: Kate Chambers

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

If Scotland is serious about reducing resource consumption, then we must wrestle with our materialistic culture, which is directly linked to aspiration and social mobility. 

New Gross National Income figures for Scotland

Author / Creator: Graeme Roy

Media type: Consultancy report

Date published: January 2019

The Scottish Government estimates that 94.5% of its GDP stays in Scotland.

Scotland the Brief

Author / Creator: Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp

Media type: book

Date published: 2020

All you need to know about Scotland's economy, its finances, independence and Brexit.

Beyond GDP: here’s a better way to measure people’s prosperity

Author / Creator: Henrietta Moore

Media type: News Media

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Rather than the outmoded measures of growth, productidvity and income, research indentified 15 headline indicators - a prosperity index - that reflect the actual experience of well being and security for people.

Scottish independence: could wind power Scotland back into the EU?

Author / Creator: Piotr Marek Jaworski

Media type: News Media

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Scotland’s competitive advantage in green energy ought to be an important part of the economic case for independence when the second referendum takes place.

This is why the Westminster myths about independence are wrong. Open minds on independence #18

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

Date published:

This looks at three myths about Scottish independence:

MYTH 1: You'll have had your referendum.

MYTH 2: Scotland has a huge deficit because we spend too much on public services. 

MYTH 3: The costs of establishing Scotland as an independent country will be huge. 

Scottish independence would be 2-3 times more costly than Brexit, and rejoining the EU won’t make up the difference

Author / Creator: Hanwei Huang

Media type: Blog

Date published:

Scottish independence would be 2-3 times more costly than Brexit over 15 years. Rejoining the EU wwll make up part of the difference in trade value.  This made headline news for a time.  The methodology for this prediction has been questioned.

How would an independent Scotland pay for it?

Author / Creator: Cameron Archibald

Media type: News Media

Date published:

It’s that time of year again when unionists start spreading lies about how an independent Scotland is subsidised by taxpayers money from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Can Scotland afford to go it alone?

Author / Creator: Ruth Strachan

Media type: Article

Date published:

With every passing election, Scotland seems to move closer to independence. Investment Monitor explores the obstacles the country would face should it leave the UK.

Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country

Author / Creator: Olaf Stando

Media type: Political Party Paper

Date published: 2020

Independence is about the right of people in Scotland to decide their own future

  • We’re the ideal size
  • Scotland is a wealthy nation with a big economy
  • We’re educated and talented
  • We have extraordinary energy resources
  • We export high quality produce and goods
  • We are at the cutting edge of the industries of the future
  • We’re big enough, rich enough and smart enough – even opponents of independence believe so


The truth about the annual GERS figures.

Author / Creator: The National

Media type: News Media

Date published:

There is no set of official accounts that tells us how an independent Scotland’s economy would fare, nor what its finances would look like. 

Was Britain's economy already broken or will Brexit break it?

Author / Creator: The National

Media type: News Media

Date published:

The economic situation has been made even worse by the unfolding disaster that is Brexit. Scotland's view has been ignored by the Westminster government.

How is Scotland in debt if it can't borrow?

Author / Creator: The National

Media type: News Media

Date published:

The accounts don’t suggest Scotland is in debt at all. People just don't understand how to analyse the UK Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report (GERS).

How Scotland’s been tricked into thinking it’s too poor.

Author / Creator: The National

Media type: News Media

Date published:

A poll for Prospect Scotland found that 75% of Scottish voters would vote for independence if they felt that the economic plan for an independent Scotland meant we would be better off. 

Business for Scotland

Author / Creator: Richard Walker

Media type: Web site

Date published:

"We make the case for maximum devolution of power and responsibility possible at any time, particularly in areas such as the economic levers and business policies. In turn, this will allow a Scottish Government to boost economic growth."

Thinking Outwith the Box, GERS 2020-21 and the SNP conference Agenda

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Podcast

Date published:

What the latest GERS figures mean (and don’t mean) for Scotland, independence and the post-pandemic recovery.