Re: New legislation
Oh dear oh dear oh deary me, our friends north of the Border are forgetting a few salient facts.
First off, whose king was it smacked England and Scotland together? Oh, that's right, Scotland's King James VI. Second, whose parliament was it that about 100 years later voted to cease to exist, vacate Edinburgh and take its MPs off to Westminster instead? Oh, that's right, Scotland's. So Scottish Independence really is a misnomer - how about English independence?
Then, let's suppose Scotland does secede from the UK and apply to (re-)join the EU. There's just one fly in that particular ointment: Catalonia. Now, the whole Commonwealth, and probably the Yanks too, knows that Scotland is a country, not a province. What's the betting Spain doesn't understand that? They'll view a newly "idependent" Scotland applying to join the EU as a renegade province, and they'll veto the application for fear of the Catalans getting over-excited.
One last thing: once upon a time there were two kingdoms in a foggy island, neither of which amounted to much on the world stage. Then the king of the smaller one inherited the larger one and smacked the two together. By a couple of hundred or so years later their united front was more or less ruling the world, or at least making huge waves. The whole really is greater than the sum of the parts. Methinks splitting up would be quite the act of folly.