Aside from the economic arguments that necessitate independence, there are compelling social and political arguments for it too.
For a start, economic policy is formed and developed in Westminster, and in a union like the UK that is always going to be more biased (and rightly so) towards the larger, more populated country in that union. This is alright if the union has a purpose for all the people in it, which there doesn't appear to be now. There is predicted to be only a negligible financial difference (for Scotland at least) between independence and continuation in union, and those predictions can say that Scotland would be worse off or better of, depending on which economists you talk to. However, the economic power is based in and is controlled by England (and Bank of England) which necessarily has English interests at heart. If its not working for the different countries of the UK, why flog a dead horse? All the areas of the UK are capable of sustaining themselves quite well, so its a non-issue.
The social and political issues are interesting. There was/is quite a bit of resentment to what is perceived as England ignoring our interests which I think would be quite easily wiped with a divorce. The problem that the independence movement has now is that many of the originally self-made industries and media are now owned by the inevitably SNP-hostile or indifferent English or foreign companies, so the likelihood of the levers of power falling into the main independence party's hands are slim at best.
The basis and logic for the separation is there, as is the economic sense and potential, but at the moment the self-belief is not and neither is the political will. Until we have that, it will ultimately stagnate.
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