Whilst I understand the sentiment, I don't think it would work. (I was educated in Scotland and started teaching in Scotland, I voted in the '79 ref and most of my family live in Scotland even though I currently live near Boston and yes I would like to move back) What most parts of the UK need is independence from Westminster. The East of England has about the same population as Scotland and is near to the South East, yet as far as infrastructure is concerned it may as well be on the Moon. Compared with Scotland road and rail are almost non-existant. We need a better system of Government that de-emphasises Westminster and puts much more power (and money) into Regional Assemblies.