Scotland will not be forced to adopt a scorched earth approach to public spending if it leaves the UK.
If England pulls Scotland out of the EU against its will, the independence cause could be re-energised.
In the next five years, the Scottish independence referendum, an in/out EU referendum and a border poll on Northern Ireland could force a rethink of the entire British state.
Next year, a referendum on independence will determine Scotland’s future, but the country’s artists have already launched their own fight for freedom.
Electoral Commission says proposed referendum question "should be replaced by more neutral wording".
The pro-independence camp can't afford to spend the next 20 months simply responding to aggressive unionist and media questioning.
Just 23 per cent of voters now support independence, the lowest level since devolution in 1999.
The biggest blow yet for the Scottish First Minister in a bad year for his party.
The closest parallel between Scotland and anywhere else is not Quebec, Ireland, Iceland, or Norway, but Canada.
One in four supporters have deserted the nationalist cause in 2012.