The ‘Vote Yes’ movement may well have garnered more supporters this week after Theresa May highlighted the potential risk to
security as a reason for Scots to vote no. Scotland
During the home secretary’s visit to
Edinburgh, she said Scotland
would face greater security threats in the event of independence, adding that
the UK would deny access
to intelligence systems such as MI5. Scotland
The warning, which followed on the heels of the publication of the most recent
government analysis on the
implications of independence by the Home Office, was rejected by many Scots who
don’t see independence as synonymous with a diminished capacity to tackle
Rather than alarm Scots, this sort of scaremongering is likely to serve as a sore point since many people both sides of the border feel that in the event of independence, security cooperation would be in everyone’s interests.
The briefing came after the announcement of the Scottish government’s opposition to May’s Immigration Bill, a nasty piece of proposed legislation which, if implemented, would see the rights of appeal of family migrants severely curtailed.