ACHIEVING independence for Scotland won’t be easy and will probably get tougher, but it will be worth it to build the kind of

country that we want for ourselves and our families.

To date, 63 countries have left the British empire and Westminster did not make it a simple process for any of them. However, none has ever expressed any desire to return to imperial rule.

Now it is Scotland’s time to walk our own path and make the decisions about how we live – just as other normal countries do. In global terms Scotland is classed as a medium-sized, relatively wealthy nation – hence the reason for the debt-ridden Westminster Government’s opposition to ending the Union.

After the 2014 referendum, the two issues cited as the main reasons for the lack of adequate support for independence were:

1) What currency would an independent Scotland use?

2) What form would an independent Scotland have?

Six years on, the politicians have yet to provide meaningful proposals to answer either of these questions. Yet, several professional groups in Scotland have researched and competently defined them.

So then: what about these two big questions that remain unanswered by the politicians?

The answer to 1) is the “Scots pound”. It is normal practice for countries to have their own central bank (all EU countries have them to provide the domestic currency for internal use and foreign currency for paying for imports).

Scotland normally runs a positive trade balance, exporting more than we import, so we will have a positive foreign exchange balance. And remember it is Westminster that has generated and is responsible for the national debt – not Holyrood.

During the transition period (which will last from two to three years) we have ample time to set up the mechanisms to convert to our own currency ready for Independence Day. (The Common Weal think tank and advocacy group which campaigns for social and economic equality in Scotland, has published a number of works exploring an alternate economic and social model). The answer to 2) is “a written constitution”. This would set out the form of government, the rights of the people, authorise the currency and the financial systems, and frame the principles of the nation and its culture.

This would be a constitution to provide wellbeing, justice, dignity and equality for all in a country which, with a good conscience, we can pass on to future generations.

If the politicians are unwilling to take the necessary decisions, why don’t we tell them what we want them to do?

After all, we pay them to work on our behalf – in Scotland it is the people who are the supreme authority, not the Parliament.

Therefore, a written constitution should be a document generated jointly by both the people and the politicians, setting out the rules and regulations for a proportionally representative, democratically governed country; a constitution that will enable decision-making at the appropriate level of national, regional and local community governance.

Shortly, a Scottish charity,

titled Constitution for Scotland (CfS), will be launched with the sole purpose of providing an interactive online platform for you to have your say in how YOU want a self-governing Scotland to be governed and what form of country you want to live in.

In the meantime, you can read about the debate at:

Robert Ingram is chair of Constitution for Scotland