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Subject:  Re: Tory Landslide, Scotland Independence Likely Date:  12/14/2019  3:28 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  573585 of 585730

Would the EU supply patents and many other services? Wouldn't NATO protect an independent Scotland from invasion by...who?

I'm a bit out of date, but 20 years ago EU issued patents but each member nation still has its own patent office and I think they require registration. Scotland will have much to negotiate in leaving UK and joining EU. Will they use the Euro? Will they honor UK patents? etc etc. They will have additional bureaucracy for this and many other matters. Food and drug approvals? Environmental regs? Pesticides? Agriculture approvals inspections.

Wouldn't NATO protect an independent Scotland from invasion by...who?

Sure. But they also must purchase their own tanks, ships and airplanes. Train and maintain their crews. And the US expects them to contribute 2% of gdp to NATO.
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