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During the Scottish Independence Referendum, in early 2014, the home office released a report on Scottish Independence and Citizenship, entitled, 'Scotland analysis: Borders and citizenship'.
Much of the hyperbole discussion was premised on the worst case options, all of which, as part of project fear, could only result in a 'Hard Borders', with gun emplacements, watch Towers, barbed wire and tank traps.
Much of it was ridiculed. The Brexit issue today, is now more related with the Ireland land border, and with any settlement over the Irish and UK Government negotiating the desired open border. This outcome is likely to be repeated for any Independent Scotland / England and NI border. In fact, for any successful trading agreement with our EU partners, The EU negotiators will insist on it.
As regard continued citizenship, and hidden in the 100 pages of distractive filler, was the simple statement which could have been enunciated in a single paragraph and release to the media. The failure to clarify induced many to be concerned about their identity and the possibility that friends and family could become 'technical' foreigners. Clearly releasing and publicising such information was not politically expedient to the Westminster Government.
Notice how the relevant paragraph from the report below is, like the rest of the report, couched in negative language at the start and at the end, ''There would also be questions'' .. ''..British citizens living outside the UK cannot pass..'', 'This could raise complex and difficult issues' by attempting to conflate negativity instead of what is a positive outcome.
The full paragraph :
4.71 : There would also be questions for British citizens living in an independent Scottish state. The UK has historically been tolerant of plural nationalities, and therefore it is likely that there would be no barriers to holding both British and independent Scottish citizenships. However under current rules any British citizens living outside the UK cannot pass their British nationality on more than one generation. In other words the children of British citizens living in an independent Scottish state would, under current rules, be British citizens but their children and subsequent generations would not be. This could raise complex and difficult issues for individuals and families.
Or, if you wanted to write this in clearly, without the editorial comments.
''It is likely that there would be no barriers to holding both British and independent Scottish citizenships, and the children of British citizens living in an independent Scottish state, under current rules, would also be British citizens...''
Why did they just no say that these rights of continued UK citizenship are automatic.
Of course, and not stated, is that there are additional longer term option for further generations to apply for UK citizenship, probably, as with Irish independence, for decades after independence, based on other criteria.
So, in other words, no one in Scotland will be losing their UK Citizenship, access to overseas embassies, or other benefits, and their as-yet unborn children would enjoy the same rights.