What impact would independence have on the constitutional position of the Church of Scotland?
At least, that’s what leapt to my mind. The Church of Scotland has a constitutionally unique position. It is the national church, but it is not established (as the Church of England is). Its spiritual independence is recognised (but not conferred) by Act of Parliament. What effect (if any) would there be if Scotland were to become an independent country?
“I was wondering if you would be able to let me know what the likely effect of independence might be on the unique constitutional position of the Church of Scotland?
First up, with a response (of sorts) is the Scotland Office. After getting a few digs in about the legality of a referendum, it goes on to answer the main point:
“In regard to your query as to what effect independence would have on the constitutional position of the Church of Scotland, it is the Scottish Government that is proposing independence and it is therefore for the Scottish Government to set out what independence would look like and what it’s effects would be.”
By the way, in an independent Scotland, civil servants will all be schooled in how to use apostrophes correctly!
So, over to you Scottish Government …