I'll never, never take Scotland for granted.
The only effect one Independent State can have upon another Independent State is through the obligation and terms of a bi-lateral Treaty. This principle is embodied in Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, that states a "...party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty."
David Cameron yesterday told Scotland that the Conservatives were wrong to impose the poll tax upon it. (I agree, and did so at the time)
He said, the decision to treat Scotland as a laboratory for experimentation in new methods of local government finance was clumsy and unjust."
Cameron pledged: "If I become the prime minister of the United Kingdom, I'll never, never take Scotland for granted."
So what is he going to do about the Scotland Act 1998 , The Barnet Formula and the West Lothian Question
The UK Government draws up on its LEGAL BASIS from the Act of the Union.
UNION WITH ENGLAND ACT 1707
Article IV (No textual amendments)
That all the subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain shall from and after the Union have full Freedom and Intercourse of Trade and Navigation to and from any port or place within the said United Kingdom and the Dominions and Plantations thereunto belonging And that there be a Communication of all other Rights Privileges and Advantages which do or may belong to the Subjects of either Kingdom except where it is otherwayes expressly agreed in these Articles.
Since devolution, the people of Scotland, have had different rights, privileges and advantages over those of the people of England. The treaty of union is therefore null and void and England or Scotland can withdraw using the provisions of Article 61 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Article 61 Supervening impossibility of performance
A party may invoke the impossibility of performing a treaty as a ground for terminating or withdrawing from it if the impossibility results from the permanent disappearance or destruction of an object indispensable for the execution of the treaty. If the impossibility is temporary, it may be invoked only as a ground for suspending the operation of the treaty.
That is the Answer to the West Lothian Question .