By Shivani Handa, aged 12 years old
Recently the news has been focused on one very important topic that might change our lives in many ways- if Scotland should be an independent country. Many people all over Scotland and England have very different views on this decision that is to be confirmed on the 18th of September. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the verdict to be made in order to finally confirm one of the most talked about topics of 2014.
My thoughts are should Scotland become its own country; there may be a lot of changes to our current lifestyle.
There is a chance that Scotland’s present currency might be changed to either euros or a new type altogether. Also, if ever visiting Scotland for a holiday or any other reason, there is a possibility you might have to show your passport, however just like going to any other country, that is already expected! The Union Jack, which is a mixture of the English and Scottish flag, might even change should Scotland become independent. The new flag still needs to be decided and might be changed depending on the decision that is made.
There might be an impact on all of Great Britain if Scotland does become independent.
The people of Wales, just like Scotland, might have different views altogether on this big matter, with many varied opinions. England also has different ideas, as lots of their views are based on the fact that they might have somebody close to them living in Scotland or more simply, if that is where they were born or grew up as a child.
The upside of Scotland becoming an independent country is that there may be an opportunity that it could be a very successful country that makes all the best decisions for the economy and society. Other benefits are: an increase in childcare provisions for young families, the Royal Mail could be back into public ownership and ensure fair delivery charges for rural communities and businesses will benefit from economic policy being designed for Scotland.
Overall, all decisions will have to be made according to the outcome that will be revealed very soon. Until then, we will just have to wait to see!
Have you visited Scotland and would you like Scotland to stay part of the UK?