The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), would like to send its wholehearted congratulations to the SNP and the Scottish Green Party for their successes at the Holyrood elections.  We now have an even larger majority of Independence supporting MSPs and the mandate for a new referendum is renewed and strengthened.   We are particularly proud that Maggie Chapman, Co-convenor of the Convention and SNP convention member Emma Harper, were elected and re-elected respectively, and wish them well in this most important of parliamentary sessions.    We would also like to congratulate all those involved in the democratic process in Scotland which saw a record turn out,Read More →

In Setting up a Scottish Banking System, the fourth paper in the Scottish Independence Convention’s Transition series, finance expert Peter Ryan presents the case for banking reforms in the transition period leading to independence and explains the processes needed to set this up. Author: Peter Ryan Peter Ryan is married and lives in Ayr. He has worked in financial services for over 30 years. He has contributed to payment policy both in the UK and the European Union working with the European Banking Authority on real time Euro payments and Open Banking. His support for Scottish independence came from the injustice of the vote toRead More →

It is imperative that Scotland is fully aware of its own rights and responsibilities and it must take the time now, well before a decision to become independent takes place, to plan and prepare. Otherwise, we may find ourselves repeating the mistakes of Brexit and being forced into a disadvantageous deal due to a lack of understanding of what we already have and what we need and want. 5k Version 1k Version Author: Dr Craig Dalzell Dr Craig Dalzell is the Head of Policy & Research at the “think and do tank” Common Weal. His background is in laser physics but through a strange seriesRead More →

First part in a collection of papers being produced by SIC on the transition to independence. Full document and further reading here. “We must think of self-governing Scotland as an independent legal jurisdiction which has internationally recognised legal boundaries. A Customs officer at an immobile Customs Station, in an open-borders 21st Century European community, has very little impact and demonstrates how Unionists miss the point, whilst further; successfully confusing our electorate by claiming “hard borders” are a show-stopper when in fact they are very largely irrelevant.”   1 Introduction and Background This paper is written at the invitation of Scottish Independence Convention. The author’s practitionerRead More →