Issues of Sovereignty: Redefining Politics in Scotland

Author / Creator: David McCrone

Media type: Article

Date published: 2021

The issue of sovereignty has never been resolved in Scotland. The 1998 Scotland Act, creating the Scottish Parliament affirmed that the Westminster Parliament is sovereign, but this is disputed. 

State and Nation in the United Kingdom: The Fractured Union

Author / Creator: Michael Keating

Date published: 2021

The United Kingdom has often been seen as a unitary nation-state. This book argues that it should be understood as a multi national union in which the key elements of people, state, values and sovereignty are contested.

The Scottish Union in Historic Perspective

Author / Creator: Alvin Jackson

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

Looks at the state of the union today and the reasons why its continued existence is more unsure than it has ever been.

Why did Scotland join the 1707 Union with England?

Author / Creator: BBC

Media type: Article

Date published:

A view of the progress toward the Act of Union in 1707

The Union of 1707: the Historical Context

Author / Creator: The Scottish History Society

Media type: Article

Date published:

A Scottish historical view of the passing of the Act of Union.

Acts of Union 1707

Author / Creator: Wikipedia

Media type: Wikipedia

Date published: 2008

A largely neutral record of the events leading to the union of England and Scotland.

The Act of Union

Author / Creator: Ben Johnson

Media type: Article

Date published:

The union of England and Scotland was hindered in the 17th century by Scottish fear of becoming a region of England.  England feared alliances with France.  The Darien Scheme bankrupted much of wealthy Scotland.  Amidst allegations of bribery, the Scottish Parliament in 1707 voted for union with England. 


Author / Creator: David Hearne

Media type: Blog

Date published: 2019

Decisions on independence are balanced between a few elements:

  • A rebalancing of relations with England outside the EU.
  • Independence with the objective to join the EU, creating a hard border with England.
  • Independence outside the EU and some trading arrangement with England.
  • Independence with membership of EFTA and a softer border with England.

The Future of the United Kingdom’s Territorial Constitution: Can the Union Survive?

Author / Creator: Aileen McHarg

Media type: Book

Date published:

The results of Brexit present an ongoing threat to the survival of the UK as a unitary state.

Independent Scotland’s Smart Borders

Author / Creator: W J Austin

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2020

A Customs officer at an immobile Customs Station, in an open-borders 21st Century European community, has very little impact and demonstrates how Unionists miss the point, whilst further; successfully confusing our electorate by claiming “hard borders” are a show-stopper when in fact they are very largely irrelevant.

An Independent Scotland’s borders and Customs: Principles and Approaches

Author / Creator: Bill Austin

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: 2018

Independent Scotland's Borders and Customs.

Customs revenue is the key issue of borders, not immigration and movement of people.