Last year I was doing an internship at the Canadian Parliament as part of which we took a few trips to other capitals to learn about other legislatures and governments. One of our trips was to Edinburgh, in January. It was super interesting to be there during the lead-up to the referendum. One of our meetings was with 3 Members of Scottish Parliament, and of course they managed to get into a debate about independence. The Scottish Labour MSP made what I thought was a very interesting point. The nationalists are very pro-EU, and would like much closer integration with the EU than the rest of the UK. But what does it mean to be a new "independent" state within Europe? You want to take powers back from London only to give them up to Brussels?
If there's other politics nerds here I'm happy to share more from this trip. For me, I hope Scotland votes to stay as part of the UK, mostly just because in today's world it seems a shame to be building up walls between two nations which have coexisted so well and so peacefully for so long. But I understand why a Scot would want independence, particular if he or she is a social democrat. And at least the independent Scotland would become a more active member of the EU, which in my opinion is the most important governance project in the world right now.