I have been reading in the press that Professor Adam Tomkins, the John Millar Professor of Public Law at Glasgow University, has expressed the legal opinion that an independent Scotland would only be able to keep UK assets located in Scotland.
That contrasts with Alex Salmond’s assertion that Scotland would have a share of all assets in the UK.
Can you imagine the ludicrous situation of an independent Scottish Government having an 8.5% share of the Houses of Parliament? Mind you, that would mean that the rest of the UK (rUK) would own 91.5% of the Holyrood Parliament; Westminster would want to charge an extortionate rent 🙂
According to Professor Tomkins, International Law states that the continuator state (rUK) would continue to own State property located within its territory and abroad. Scotland would own all property located in Scotland.; EXCEPT institutions of security – Faslane (well, the SNP doesn’t want that anyway!
Alright, here’s the question.
What has the Scottish Government, and Alex Salmond received as legal advice on their position that Scotland would share in all UK’s physical assets?