Economic prosperity is set to visit Scotland as Britain prepares to leave the EU.
Scotland Within the Union
Scotland's membership of the Union of Britain and Northern Ireland is being gradually redefined, with the Scottish Parliament striving for prosperity and greater economic freedom.
The definition of the new Union could well take shape in the form of a new Constitution. This would most likely include a charter of the British Isles, ensuring freedom of movement and trade between Scotland, England, Wales and all Ireland.
The End of the EU in Britain
The tendency of the 25 continental members of the EU to form a political and fiscal union will inevitably lead to a referendum in Britain, as guaranteed by British law, asking whether the people wish to enter into a new treaty with the European Union.
It is reasonable to assume as a foregone conclusion that the answer will be no, and that Britain will exit the European Union, maintaining however good trading relations with Europe. Rather than a block repatriation of powers to London, there will more likely be a fair distribution of administrative legislation on equal terms among the four constituent countries of Britain.
A reasonable assumption is that Britain will wish to uphold special relations with Ireland, which currently is also a member state of the European Union, and that freedom of movement and free trade and commerce will continue between Britain and Ireland, while being restricted with Europe. This would mean that millions of eastern Europeans could not simply come to Britain and have free access to employment and social benefits, whereas these privileges would be guaranteed on a reciprocal basis between Britain, including Northern Ireland, and Eire, or the Republic of Ireland.
Scotland's Move Towards Prosperity
Such an important event as would be Britain's exit from the European Union, together with the current redefining of administrative government in Britain, would effectively lead to the founding of a new Union within the British Isles.
Scotland's economic administration would require a constitutional arrangement for the distribution of fiscal income within the various regions of the Country. The Scottish Parliament would need to function in harmony with all the administrative localities of Scotland to ensure that economic prosperity is equally distributed.
The promotion of Scottish agriculture and industry and the creation of employment would be coordinated by the competent local authorities together with the managers of free enterprise.
British territorial waters would need to be governed for the benefit of all constituent countries of Britain, requiring a common law on fishing policies and the exploitation of resources such as gas and oil. However, without any EU involvement in internal British affairs, the distribution within Britain of wealth that is considered to be in common, such as that deriving from territorial waters, would be to the reciprocal benefit of all Britain's constituent countries and islands.
A common foreign affairs policy for all Britain would ensure Scotland's participation in matters concerning trade and commerce with other countries and regions of the world. A common commitment to defence would guarantee a standing British Army that includes Scottish regiments.
Scotland's Parliament is following an energy strategy for the future based on the reduction of carbon emissions and the production of clean energy from wind, wave and tidal power. There is also a ban on nuclear power plants in Scotland. A future transport strategy for increased transport of freight by rail might see a reduction in the number of heavy goods vehicles transiting on Britain's roads, from Skara Brae all the way to Dover by the Sea.
The Church of Scotland
The Scottish Church has had a fundamental role in the original foundations of Christianity in Britain, in participation with Ireland, Wales and England. The origins of the British Churches demonstrate that Christ, by way of the Gospel, is the founder of the Christian Faith within every corner of the British Isles.
Prosperity in Scotland must include the maintenance of church buildings and integrity of the Faith. The Christian Faith cannot be abandoned and cannot be replaced by any other teaching within a country founded upon Christ's Church. Scotland's flag is dedicated to the Christian cause, bearing the emblem of a Saint, as too the Union Flag is dedicated to three Christian Saints.
Scotland's national flag will hold true as long as its Christian identity is honoured.
By D. Alexander
Kentigern, a Saint of Scotland:
Origins of the Scottish Church: