“Babcock, which bought Rosyth from the Ministry of Defence in 1996, has said that its single biggest customer is the UK Government. Its main Scottish business consists of building five Type 31 frigates for the Royal Navy, which Mr Lockwood said could be moved to England within three years, and decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear plant. Babcock has created 500 Scottish jobs on the Type 31 project. The latest figures show the MoD spent £1.99 billion of taxpayers’ money in Scotland in 2020-21: equivalent to £360 per person, compared with a spend of £310 per person in England. There is no reason why such largesse should continue after independence.
And a Scotland that suffered economically after independence would need to raise taxes, driving businesses out of the country. It would drive out economically productive individuals, too, leaving a tax base comprised of those used to being net recipients of state funds rather than contributors to them. In 2021-22 Scotland received £38 billion under the Barnett formula: or around £129 per head of spending in Scotland for every £100 per head spent in England. In 2020-21 (the last year for which figures are available) the Scots paid 7.9 per cent of UK tax but received 9.1 per cent of UK spending.”
Comment: This sounds like a case of special pleading on the part of the author, but, what do I know? pl