Edinburgh as the Capital city of an independent Scotland

 

 

Have you thought what independence would mean for our city?

Imagine Edinburgh as the capital city of an independent Scotland.

Imagine the buzz.

Imagine all the new jobs.

Imagine all the good jobs.

Imagine the prosperity.

Background

Being the capital of an independent country is a much bigger deal than being a big city in the UK.

Independence would bring enormous opportunities for the city, as its new status brings diplomatic and embassy representation from the 193 recognised members states of the United Nations.

As the home of a Parliament with a full range of powers, many government functions and agencies (Taxation, Foreign Office, Defence, Energy, Treasury, regulators etc) will move north.

There’s the prospect of a Scottish currency, Central Bank and National Investment Bank.

With a highly educated English-speaking workforce, a high quality of life, a business-friendly environment, a well-established financial and Fintec sector, and the new independent government expected move to join ETA or EFTA (on the way to possibly re-joining the EU), Edinburgh becomes an even more attractive commercial and finance centre for the headquarters of global and rUK companies wishing to re-establish or simplify trading relations with European markets – Microsoft, Amazon, Skyscanner, Dell, Rockstar and Toshiba are already here.

International interest would bring investment in local music, drama, TV, radio, history etc.

As an internationally recognised capital, Edinburgh has the opportunity to establish a reputation as a centre addressing issues of global importance.  Perhaps as a centre of peace negotiations or study, building further its arts and cultural capital, or as a place of new enlightenment thinking based around Scotland world leading status in oil and gas decommissioning, renewable energy or climate change?

Edinburgh as a true capital is a prospect brimming with exciting opportunities each of which cascades further opportunities for those who work and live here.

Properly managed, this growth could be beneficial not only to this, but also to future, generations. From the secure, well paid jobs meaning our children don’t need to head to London in search of work, to the construction, rental, refurbishment and servicing of commercial and residential property, to the service companies supplying everything from carpets to computers, from coffee to champagne.

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