STV this morning reports a speech to be given today by Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson, in which she issues some blood-curdling warnings about the chaotic impact of independence on Scottish trade with the UK.
There are a couple of things Ms Davidson should probably know.
Here’s what she says:
“If we were to leave the United Kingdom it would inevitably mean one set of rules and regulations in Scotland and another set just across the border in the remainder of the UK.
Different financial regulations, different employment laws, different insurance requirements, different tax authorities, different accreditations and qualifications with which small companies would be obliged to contend.”
Alert readers will be somewhat ahead of us at this point.
Scotland ALREADY has different employment laws – it has a completely different and independent legal system to England. It also already has a completely different and independent education system, therefore “different accreditations and qualifications”.
Those things have been the case for hundreds of years, yet don’t seem to have proven a barrier to business. It seems unlikely that “different insurance requirements”, should they actually arise as a result of independence (and we’re not sure why they would), are going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
(Also, how on Earth does the UK manage to trade with scores of other nations?)
We’re a bit concerned that Ruth Davidson doesn’t appear to be aware that some of the terrible consequences she predicts for independence have already happened, centuries before she was born. Does anyone have her phone number so we can get her up to speed before she drops any more embarrassing clangers?