Scotland would relish the freedom of independence given its contrasting principles from the UK, which triggered Brexit this week. Sixty-two percent of Scots were against Brexit, chosen mainly by English voters. The Scotsman's Ross McCafferty writes that the populist path the UK is going down does not embody Scottish values. Under-represented in parliament and irked by British decision-making, Scots long for sovereignty. McCafferty suggests that an autonomous Scotland would be able to improve the way that the country is run and properly represent the views of its people.
Lianna Brinded of Business Insider sees Scotland’s plans for a second referendum as hasty, given that the details around Brexit are yet to be decided. Scotland faces depleting oil reserves and the multi-billion-Pound cost of decommissioning its oil rigs and infrastructure. In a United Kingdom, the cost would be spread out, whereas an independent Scotland would be hit harder. Uncertainty around being able to join the EU and the aftereffects of Brexit could have a dire impact on a Scottish economy that stands alone. It would be wiser to see how leaving the EU plays out before deciding, argues Brinded.