By THE EDITORIAL BOARD of The New York Times
SEPT. 3, 2014
In two weeks, Scottish voters will be asked to answer a simple question — “Should Scotland be an independent country?” — with a simple “yes” or “no.” The choice, of course, is far from simple.
No profound religious, economic or geographic issues separate the Scots and the English; there has been no colonial rule, no war of independence. Scotland and England have lived together as Great Britain in peace since 1707, sharing a monarch, a Protestant faith and, for a time, an empire, and fighting side by side in global wars. [+]