The referendum to decide whther Scotland splits from the UK is almost upon us. Personally I'm ambivalent but, if you take it to its logical conclusion, there are some interesting consequences if Scotland secedes.
Part of the problem is that there is no legal definition of Scottish, only residents can vote, and afterwards there will presumably be a process to apply for a Scottish passport. This might be based on parentage and place of birth - who knows?
Legally Scotland would not immediately be a member of the EU therefore Scottish people (those who had a Scottish passport) would not have a right to work (or live) in England. This is a major upheaval given the large numbers who live here, they would all have to apply for visas, or leave, this is a lengthy and difficult process. Conversely English citizens would have the same problems in Scotland.
Scotland would no longer be able to charge English students university fees (they are only allowed to do this as England and Scotland are part of the same member state). Alternatively they would have to charge everybody.
Presumably there would be border controls and currency exchange to deal with.
Given that I stated I'm ambivalent I still think it's a step backwards, personally i'd welcome fewer Scottish MPs in parliament but I find the claim that Scotland detests being governed by a foreign power ludicrous, many English feel much the same way about the EU.
So just a few days left before the fun begins.