By focusing on independence, Scotland ignores the world

Edinburgh and Westminster should look beyond the independence debate to let Scotland fulfil its global potential, says Anthony Salamone.

The World Today Updated 20 January 2023 Published 2 December 2022 4 minute READ

Anthony Salamone

Founder and Managing Director, European Merchants

The question of Scotland’s role in the world today is multifaceted. In part, it is a function of the limited powers on international relations available to Scottish political institutions, as it remains part of the United Kingdom.

At the same time, as a European sub-state, Scotland can still articulate distinct positions and, in some ways, represent those positions directly in the world. Above all, however, Scotland’s outlook is defined not by global developments or a strategic vision, but by its inward-looking debate on independence.

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