Most Irish people I meet automatically support Scottish independence, as if sticking two fingers up to the English is hard wired into our political DNA. Yet, if they actually think about it, a Scotland outside the UK but presumably within the European Single Market is not in our interest. Just consider that country’s core appeal to Foriegn Direct Investment. A free Scotland would almost certainly cut its corporate taxes. It speaks English. It has good universities. And it has land access to the 55m people of the English and Welsh market as well as the Channel Tunnel. A low tax Scotland could survive on that proximity to market alone, and that would take a big chunk out of the Irish FDI argument.
Nope, despite what our hearts and love of Mel Gibson tell us, a Free Scotland would not suit us at all. In fact, we should pray for a No vote in the 2014 referendum because if they do vote to leave the UK, we will find ourselves in the position of knowing that vetoing Scotland’s application to join the EU is in our national interest, even though that would be an act of the highest political two-faced prickery since De Gaulle said “Non!” it’s not that we mind being a nation of pricks. But we sure as hell don’t like foriegners calling us out on it, and making a show of us. Imagine how mortified we’d be at demos outside Irish embassies over this.