Tubby Isaacs wrote:
When (if) Scotland goes independent, the first thing it will do, is reaffirm a treaty & alliance with the EU, and Hadrian's Wall will just be another border that will be used as a back door for all the rejects from across Europe to flood into England.
- Brian, London, UK, 25/3/2012 2:42
Well done, Brian. It's Schengen that Scotland might join. And it has non-EU countries in it.
I'd love it if that happened. I can imagine some loonies suggesting passport control at Berwick-on-Tweed. I'd love it if Ireland joined as well.
Not gonna happen while the UK (with or without Scotland) doesn't fully join Schengen itself - reintroducing border controls between Northern and the Republic of Ireland would be a publicity disaster.
As for the domain name issue, the main problem I would see with Scotland and Wales being granted their own TLD would be then that various states, Lander, regionales, provinces etc. could try and start making their own claim for one and the whole thing could end up being a massive mess of uncoordinated TLD's. The Catalans got .cat with the reasonable reason that it was to cover Catalan language and cultural across several countries not tied itself to a state border or entity within one country. Berlin, Paris and New York are trying to get in on the act themselves with city titled TLD's which have no merit other than ego, and would likewise see any jumped up town try to claim its own TLD.
I believe there was a plan a few years back to give the four constituent parts of the UK domain names as second level e.g. sco.uk, eng.uk but nothing came of it.