The consensus of English elites regarding the potential independence of Scotland – namely that the proposed amputation would prove fatal to the British concept – is misguided, I believe.
While the departure of Scotland would certainly be injurious to the Britain of nostalgia, its effect on the British future is harder to guess. Having studied (albeit briefly) the projected consequences of independence on the UK electoral system, I am personally inclined to estimate a positive outcome.
It’s an open secret in Britain that the Conservative party, despite failing to gain a majority over-all, won the last 3 general elections in England by a fair margin. In each instance, the tories were only denied office (or, in the most recent election, a governing majority) because of the Scottish fidelity to Labour.
With the Scotch vote removed from consideration then, the Political Left in England would have the carpet whipped from underneath them, and the Right would be granted a new freedom of ideological movement, potentially allowing a move back toward the Tory ideal of low-immigration, low-tax libertarianism.
I’m not personally a Tory – far from it in fact – but as corrupt and slippery as the Conservatives have become, I believe the Political Left and its survival poses a far greater threat to the continuity of Britain (as a material whole) than the proposed autonomy of Edinburgh.