Scotland to Exit UK on March 24, 2016?
That's the selected 'Independence Date'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2013 11:32 AM CST
A Scotland fan wearing glasses with the Scottish flag poses for the photographer as he and others gather in central London's Trafalgar Square, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Scotland has no decision yet, but it does have a date. If citizens vote in favor of exiting the UK, the country could become an independent nation on March 24, 2016. The BBC reports that the date is presented in a government White Paper to be published on Tuesday; the 670-page document is being described as an extremely "detailed blueprint" for an independent Scotland. (The Guardian reports on the secrecy surrounding the printing: Even the White Paper's typeface has been kept under wraps.) The chain of events: The independence referendum is scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014; if the "yeas" win, Scottish Parliament will be dissolved at midnight on March 23, 2016, with Independence Day coming the day after.

A rep for the Scotland Office (a UK government department helmed by the country's secretary of state) encouraged people to read the White Paper, but expressed displeasure at the inclusion of an independence date in it, saying it will make it more difficult to negotiate in the event of a yes vote: "The 28 members of the EU, NATO, and the rest of the UK ... all know that for the Scottish government the date is more important than the deal." The Scotsman reports that a poll taken this week shows the No vote has the lead, 47% to 38%, with 15% undecided. Click for more on the vote.

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Gnewser
Nov 25, 2013 6:48 AM CST
If muslim enclaves in Europe have the right to become independent muslim nations (with NATO's help), then certainly every group has the right. Quebec, scientologists, westboro baptists, scots, anyone. If you deny it, NATO will bomb you.
Lou Bernardo
Nov 24, 2013 10:52 PM CST
It would seem it's a decision made by a small loud minority similar to the Frogs in Quebec who want to be independent of Canada. Montreal could no more support its self than Maine with little resources other than the lumber industry. When Quebec made the noise about being independent the financal houses quickly replocated in Ontario to escape being in a small foreign country speaking arcaic 15th century French. What has Scotland got to support an independent nation?
Econ_101
Nov 24, 2013 5:30 PM CST
It's too cold ouside to wear my kilt. I'll freeze my knedles. My pipes have long been gone !