Scotland analysis: Devolution and the implications for Scottish independence

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Series Details 8554
Publication Date 2013
ISBN 978-0-10-185542-6
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The first paper in the UK government's Scotland analysis series, which looks at Scotland’s place in the UK and how it contributes to and benefits from being part of the UK.

Alongside this paper, the government also published an independent expert legal opinion from leading experts on international law. The opinion concluded that, in the event of a vote for independence, Scotland would become a ‘successor state’. It would therefore be required to create a new set of domestic and international arrangements. The remainder of the United Kingdom would be the ‘continuator state’ and would not have to negotiate new treaties or memberships of international organisations because, as the continuing state, the remainder of the UK would be largely unaffected under international law.

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United Kingdom: Scotland Office: Statement, 11.02.13: Devolution and the implications of Scottish independence
United Kingdom: Scotland Office: Policies: Informing the debate on Scotland's constitutional future

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