Frank Jacobs on February 7, 2012, 6:50 PM
To be or not to be Scandinavian, that might be the question soon enough for Scotland, if it decides to become independent. For the time being, Scotland is still a part of the United Kingdom, as it has been since the Acts of Union in 1707. But with the Scottish National Party firmly ensconced in Holyrood , a referendum on independence is on the horizon – by 2015 at the latest.
Even though both sides have recently rowed over how binding such a referendum would be, it is hard to see how the British government of David Cameron  could deny Alex Salmond’s Scottish one the fruits of a clear victory for the Yes camp. Opinion polls show no Scottish majority (yet) for independence – the closest ones falter at around 38% – but Cameron’s ham-fisted handling of the referendum row surely must have added a few votes to Salmond’s cause.
So what happens if they win?