IAN Blackford, Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP politicians have spared no effort to supercharge the worst case scenario of a no-deal Brexit. Therefore it would be reasonable if they were also to set out the worst case scenario of Scottish independence.

Economists agree that their Growth Commission report describing the years following separation would lead to a decade of super-austerity with big tax increases and major public expenditure cuts. That is the median outlook. But what if they are wrong? What if in the worst case scenario we would also face power cuts, visa requirements to enter England at an international border with customs checks, lorries queued for miles on the M74 at Greta and the A1 at Berwick and the Venezuelaisation of the economy?

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. So, Mr Blackford and Ms Sturgeon when can we have a worst case scenario for Scottish independence published?

William Loneskie, Lauder.

IT does appear that the continuing Brexit saga has unwittingly highlighted flaws and limitations in both our constitutional and parliamentary process. Surely the misnomer United Kingdom should be replaced by United Kingdoms (plural), although some might suggest Disunited Kingdom is even more apt.

It appears Boris Johnson’s deputation sought audience with the Queen at Balmoral hence any decisions reached would be subject to the laws of the land (Scotland). Not surprisingly, the prorogation objections were upheld by three Court of Session Law Lords. At best Balmoral was an ill-chosen venue but, more importantly, who advised the Queen on the not-inconsiderable ramifications of her authorisation being granted ?

Instead of “was Mr Johnson economical with the truth …” surely the evidence of those present should be obtained and made public?

Allan C Steele, Giffnock.

THE ruling in Scotland’s highest court regarding the illegality of proroguing Parliament by the Prime Minister appears to have caused a lot of anti-Scottish sentiment south of the Border.

Why is it that when the UK is leaving the EU, it is said they are “taking back our independence” and taking back control of our laws. Nigel Farage has said that when we leave the EU, it will be “our independence day”. But when Scottish Nationalist politicians mention and state how good independence would be for Scotland, they are classed as separatists, breaking up the Union. Surely what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Robert McCaw, Renfrew.

I FEEL that David Cameron is a little wrong in seemingly shouldering the blame, or at least the feeling of guilt, for Brexit, as recent revelations would suggest ("Cameron: Don’t rule out second referendum on EU", The Herald, September 14).

We can oust politicians at a general election; we can behead kings; we can exile emperors; we can shoot dictators, but in a democracy we are stuck with those in power, namely the voting public.

The main and indeed overwhelming problem with democracy is that the people who vote in a referendum are completely devoid of accountability. A voting democracy is a secret society of individuals. I, who voted to remain in the EU, will be continuing to feel aggrieved that we are leaving due to the misinformed views of only 37% of the electorate, who were foolish enough to believe the lie painted on the side of a bus. It is no use pleading they didn’t know Brexit would be like this when most didn’t know anything about the consequences at all.

The whole shambles of Brexit has brought to the table the need for a more sophisticated format for informing the public and then determining what is really the will of the people.

Bill Brown, Milngavie.

WITH every passing day and twist and turn of this seemingly interminable nightmare of Brexit, Theresa May’s three times voted-down deals look ever more reasonable and attractive. Unfortunately, extremist-appeasing MPs of every political shade chose instead to pose and put themselves and their party and dogma before doing what was best for the country. Oh, for a little of Mrs May’s honesty and integrity.

Alexander McKay, Edinburgh EH6.

I VOTED Remain. I shall vote Remain in a second Brexit referendum. I have a satellite issue. If the SNP wins an independence referendum, a second Brexit referendum establishes a precedent for a think-again repeat independence referendum; perhaps after two years when the bleak reality of Scottish so called independence has sunk into the Scottish psyche.

William Durward, Bearsden.

I HAVEN’T read the Yellowhammer document on the consequences of no deal, but when I was wee I learned that the yellowhammer sang “A-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheeeese.” Plus ca change.

James Sandeman, Newton Mearns.

COULD it be that the UK Government decided to name its preparations for a No Deal Brexit “Operation Yellowhammer” because it is aware that all we will have to eat post-Brexit is a little bit of bread and no cheese?

Andrew Kennedy, Helensburgh.