The London Scottish Conservative Club is a network for Conservatives in London with Scottish roots.
There are many voices which risk being lost in the debate over the future of the UK, not least those advocating why it’s not just in Scotland’s best interest for us to remain united.
The Acts of Union created one of the most enduring relationships in the history of the world. Why fix something which isn't broken?
While siblings may feud, families stand strong. The United Kingdom is a Union which has consistently proved bigger than the sum of its parts, enduring wars and depressions and facing down threats which overcame other, larger, countries. If Scotland walks, who next? With rumblings already emerging about the Welsh potentially following suit, could Scottish independence trigger the total dissolution of Great Britain? To hack apart what was forged over three centuries ago would be a brutal knock to British identity and a damp squib of an ending to what has been one of the most enduring relationships in the history of the world, and for such minimal gain.
The impending Scotland Act will make Scotland more accountable for its own public spending
A consistent and legitimate criticism levelled at the Union with Scotland has been the cost to the British taxpayer of the inherited Barnett formula, but the impending Scotland Act should make Scotland accountable for its own public spending and crucially, how it raises it. Splitting up the Union would be a clumsy overreaction to a resolvable problem; by tidying up the devolution settlement through legislation, we can ensure a fair and mutually beneficial relationship.