This page provides some links to some of the key documents which have been published highlighting the major issues involved in the referendum debate.
Prospect remains politically unaffiliated and does not endorse any of the documents below; we have provided links simply to help inform members and to ensure that they have access to the principal documents that have been produced. Most of the links are to pages outside the Prospect website.
Scotland and the United Kingdom, a conference report produced for the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Institute for Fiscal Studies The Fiscal Implications of an Independent Scotland (actually part of a programme of ESRC-funded research work on the future of the UK and Scotland)
Sunday Post report [Dunleavy Report] Transitioning to a new Scottish State [Microsoft Word document] looking, amongst others, at the start-up costs facing an independent Scotland
Economic policy issues
Fiscal Commission Working Group First Report
Scottish Council for Development and Industry: Future Scotland Discussions and Priorities
Scottish Government report on Scotland’s Economy: The Case for Independence
Scottish Government Economic and Competition Regulation in an Independent Scotland
UK Government ‘Scotland Analysis’ pages, containing a range of pages aiming to give facts and figures on Scotland’s role within the UK, on a variety of industries and policy areas.
Fiscal Commission Working Group Stabilisation and Savings Funds for Scotland
UK Government ‘Scotland Analysis’ pages, containing a range of pages aiming to give facts and figures on Scotland’s role within the UK, on a variety of industries and policy areas, and now including a Conclusions document
Industry policy issues
UKCS Maximising Recovery Review (final report by Sir Ian Wood)
Scottish Government Sustainable, Responsible Banking – A Strategy for Scotland
Scottish Government UK energy policy and Scotland’s contribution to security of supply [pdf]
UK Government Scotland Analysis series: Energy [pdf]
Scottish Government Connecting Rural Scotland setting out plans for a Rural Connectivity Commission to consider how to improve mobile and broadband coverage, postal services and transport links for rural communities
Paper produced by Neil Walsh, Pensions Officer, on the issues for pensions associated with independence
Scottish Government Pensions in an Independent Scotland
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland has published a report ‘Scotland's pensions future: Have our questions been answered?' calling on the Scottish Government to do more to clarify its position on how pensions will be provided in an independent Scotland.
The STUC's 'A Just Scotland' website
STUC Interim Report
A Just Scotland Second Report
The future of Scotland website (STUC and other civil society organisations)
Main campaign sites
Prospect continues to maintain a stance of political neutrality but members might like to explore statements and views about Scotland's Future from the two main campaigns direct - Better Together and Yes Scotland. We do not endorse either campaign.