Salmond says they'd be automatically part of the EU, because they would be applying while still inside it. Really? The EU say an independent Scotland would need to apply from scratch.
He rant on about 'Scotish' oil. Really? A third.of it is in English territorial waters,
who does he think is going to do it out the sea bed if the Americans and British don't?
his grasp of Scotland's role in international affairs is massively flawed. He's a local politician trying to play on the World stage, but the rest of the World aren't very impressed.
The biggest impediment to Scotish independence will be Salmond himself, and the voters will tell him so next year beyond almost any shadow of a doubt.
EU membership would be negotiated, and of course that may be necessary for the remnants of the UK also.
I think you will find using most international conventions on these things, just about none of it is in 'English' waters.
Most of the UK oil industry is based in Aberdeen. There is no reason to doubt the existing companies would carry on as normal. They have actually complained about the Westminster government over and over again, and have indicated they would be perfectly happy to deal with Edinburgh exclusively. When you speak like that, suggesting we somehow don't have the knowledge and expertise right here in Scotland you betray a complete ignorance of the British oil industry, Scots are at the very heart of it, whichever part of the world you care to look.
The rest of the world is not impressed with Salmond?
I think you have an artificially skewed opinion. He is respected and admired by many across the world. Your characterisations of him seem exclusive to the southern regions of the UK.
The voters, who did not get the option for Devo-max which polling indicates they would have favoured, will very likely refuse the request to move to full independence. They will most likely then vote Salmond in as Scotland's prime minister in the forthcoming election.
Like I said, it is not a referendum on Alex Salmond, it is about something completely different and it is an insult to the people of Scotland to keep focussing on one man over the wider issues involved.
The doctor diagnosed me with hereditary diarrhoea. I can't understand, I wear a kilt.