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The consequences for Wales will probably be the last thing on Scottish voters’ minds when they cast their ballot for or against independence in 2014. Nevertheless there are huge implications for the rest of the UK flowing from any Yes vote north of the border. It would halve the size of Britain’s Celtic fringe from 10m to 5m people. Consider the political implications for the right-left balance in “Rump-UK.” What about the ability of Wales and Northern Ireland to get their voices heard within that Rump country—would it be sustainable?

The November release of the Scottish National Party’s White Paper,…

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