3 July 2014


A British Union flag flies beside a Saltire flag in Edinburgh. Photo by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
A British Union flag flies beside a Saltire flag in Edinburgh. Photo by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.


Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014, Chatham House experts and contributing authors examine the effects the vote could have for UK and Scottish foreign and defence policy, and the wider implications for the European Union and NATO.

In the new issue of International Affairs published today, two articles examine the international reactions to the referendum, and the prospects for Scottish-UK defence cooperation in the event of a 'yes' vote. Also this week, Chatham House hosts an event on the future of the United Kingdom chaired by Jon Snow.

International reactions to the Scottish referendum
William Walker, University of St Andrews, International Affairs, July 2014
Scotland would be admitted to the EU and NATO so long as it displayed flexibility on important issues. It is the self-confidence, behaviour and internal stability of the rest of the UK, a much more populous and powerful entity, and its emotional response to ‘the loss of Scotland’ that give governments most pause for thought, writes William Walker.

After independence? The challenges and benefits of Scottish–UK defence cooperation
Colin Fleming, University of Edinburgh, International Affairs, July 2014
Defence cooperation between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK would bring benefits to both states. How much the two states cooperate following a ‘yes’ vote would hinge on a number of factors (Trident being the obvious example) and would require a sustained and strong relationship, writes Colin Fleming.

Event: What's United About This Kingdom?
Thursday 3 July | 13:00 - 14:00
Professor Linda Colley, Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University; Author, Acts of Union and Disunion and Britons: Forging the Nation 1707–1837
Sir Simon Jenkins, Author & Journalist
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
Chair: Jon Snow, Broadcaster, Channel 4 News

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