Thus Alex Salmond’s closing statement.
Well, perhaps. Let’s … well, yes, let’s hope so.
The precedent is none too promising, however.
For all the corruption that went with the closing down of “independent” Scotland in 1707, a couple of crucial facts remain.
Thirty guid poonds Scots exchanged for just one pound sterling.
The “Crown in Scotland” (i.e. the Scottish national debt) needed the English Exchequer to cough £398,085 and 10 shillings to clear the accounts. That’s covered by section XXV of the Act of Union.
That was for a total Scottish population of fewer than one million people, and at a time when eighteen [English] pence a day (that’s less than 5p) was the top daily wage for a labouring man.