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Why Scotland is better off as part of the UK

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

9 reasons why Scotland is better off as part of the UK.

1. People in Scotland get the best of both worlds

The security of being part of the larger United Kingdom and a Scottish Parliament that is strong and getting stronger. As a part of the UK Scotland has 2 governments working in its interests.

Best of both worlds
Best of both worlds

2. People in Scotland can trade freely with the rest of the UK

It’s easier for 2 parts of the same country to do business than 2 separate countries. Thousands of Scottish jobs rely on trade with the rest of the UK and 70% of Scottish exports go to the rest of the UK.

Scottish businesses trade more with the UK than with the rest of the world
Scottish businesses trade more with the UK than with the rest of the world

3. Scotland’s businesses are supported abroad

Scotland benefits from the UK’s diplomatic network. Over 14,000 people are employed around the world to promote and protect the interests of businesses based in Scotland – like defending Scotch whisky from counterfeits.

Promotes Scottish businesses around the world
Promotes Scottish businesses around the world

4. People living in Scotland benefit from the UK dividend

Worth £1400 a year for every person in Scotland - because as part of the UK, Scotland will continue to benefit from lower taxes and higher levels of public spending.

UK dividend £1400 per person better off every year as part of the UK
UK dividend £1400 per person better off every year as part of the UK

5. Scotland is part of a successful family of nations

For over 300 years, Scotland has flourished as part of the UK. And together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland it has created one of the most successful family of nations.

Greatest family of nations for 300 years
Greatest family of nations for 300 years

6. Scotland’s economy is protected by its place in the wider UK economy

Scotland can make its own decisions in devolved areas, while sharing risks and resources with the rest of the UK.

Pooled risks shared benefits
Pooled risks shared benefits

7. Scotland benefits from over 200 shared public institutions

Like the BBC and the National Lottery. As part of the UK, people can receive free medical assistance from any hospital in the UK.

200+ public institutions serve people in Scotland
200+ public institutions serve people in Scotland

8. Use of the £

One of the oldest and most stable currencies in the world. An independent Scotland would not be able to use the £, or the Bank of England as part of a formal currency union.

Keep the £
Keep the £

9. More support for public services

As part of the UK, Scotland benefits from public spending that is around 10% higher than the UK average.

Scottish public spending 10% higher than UK average since devolution
Scottish public spending 10% higher than UK average since devolution