|In his new book, Ben Thomson suggests a third way: Home Rule for Scotland. Under his plan, Scotland and the UK would be a constitutionally mandated partnership of equals. Scotland would have responsibility for almost all areas of domestic policy, with only matters such as defence, international relations and monetary policy retained by Westminster.
The Scottish Home Rule movement has a long and storied history. Alex Salmond even proposed it should be an option on the ballot in the 2014 referendum, but was overruled by David Cameron. Today, the idea has fallen out of fashion and is widely misunderstood – but, says Thomson, ‘Home Rule represents a clear proposal with its own end point and, most importantly, its own underlying philosophy. It is a choice that acknowledges we live in a global world, while also recognising that local communities want greater responsibility for local matters, and to be able to stand on their own feet.’