There is a lot of speculation over what would happen in the event of the nightmare scenario of an SNP referendum victory. I say nightmare scenario because Scotland is very dear to me and in the vast majority (not all) cases I have found that those who wish to see the demise of the United Kingdom are either Scotsmen who hate the English or Englishmen who dislike (or at least don’t care about) the Scots. Whatever interested politicians might say, it would be a divorce based on ill will and ending in a damnatio memoriae upon four hundred years of common history. I say four hundred years because I am what might be described as a 1603 Unionist rather than a 1707 one. Nevertheless the 1707 Union happened and it created a unitary state with full power to amend the Acts of Union which created it as well as to incorporate the Kingdom of Ireland in 1801 and then jettison three quarters of it in 1922.
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“That the two kingdoms of Scotland and England shall, upon the Ist day of May next ensuing the date hereof, and for ever after, be united into one kingdom by the name of Great Britain, and that the ensigns armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as Her Majesty shall appoint, and the crosses of St. Andrew and St. George be conjoined in such manner as Her Majesty shall think fit, and used in all flags, banners, standards and ensigns, both at sea and land.”
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Consequently, a referendum victory for the SNP would simply establish a political necessity (not a legal one) to dissolve the United Kingdom. And this is what would occur, not the secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom but the dissolution of the United Kingdom itself. Given this there is no reason why Northern Ireland should remain united with England. Wales was already united to England by the Laws in Wales Acts of 1535 and 1542. But the Kingdom of Ireland was united to the already unitary Kingdom of Great Britain.
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Those people in the residual six counties of the Kingdom of Ireland who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom are mostly of Scottish decent. They were sent there by a Scottish King and they fly St Andrew’s Crosses and support a Glaswegian football team. As any Act dissolving the United Kingdom would be enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the great majority of whose members are English, it would present the opportunity for a just partition of the present responsibilities. The Kingdom of England would return to its 1542 borders and the Kingdom of Scots would remain united to the six counties for which it bears a historic responsibility. They would be able to use all that oil money to pay for the policing.

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