Scottish government sketches ‘transition plan’ to independence
The government of Scotland has outlined a transition plan to independence in case the people of the country give "Yes" vote in the autumn 2014 referendum in which the people will be asked whether Scotland should be an independent nation or not. If people voted yes, Scotland’s Independence Day would be in March 2006 followed by independent elections.
The Scottish government paper envisages ministers joining other parties and civic groups to negotiate the terms of independence with the UK government, which would witness the division of assets and liabilities, new global connections – including the EU – and Scotland’s retention of the monarchy.
How many countries form the UK?
The UK currently consists of 4 countries:
- Northern Ireland