The costs of secession are a matter of choice, not of inevitability. If cool
heads prevail on all sides, Scottish independence could proceed at a relatively
low cost, sparing the successor states, the EU, and other parts of the world
Advocates of independence for Scotland have
long insisted that they are motivated by the distinctiveness of Scottish identity. But, as Scots
prepare to vote in this month's referendum on whether to remain in the UK, the
more immediate issue is money.