"Opinions on the economics of independence are starkly divided.
Nationalists argue that, mostly thanks to North Sea oil and gas, Scotland subsidizes the union and would be better off alone.
The more sneering sort of unionist argues the opposite, that
Scotland is a parasitic subsidy junkie.
Both are wrong, in the short term at least. Assuming it keeps
the oil and gas extracted from under Scottish waters, an
independent Scotland would currently gain roughly as
much in taxes as it would lose in subsidies (see article)."