Why should we, the people of England, not have a say when Scotland holds its referendum on breaking up the UK?

But then again, England has much more to gain from independence than Scotland does, so maybe we should hold a referendum on English independence first.

These are the facts of the ‘Scottish Burden’: Scotland gets 25 per cent more government spending – paid for by English taxes.

Scotland is over-represented in the House of Commons.

Scots vote on English-only issues but the opposite cannot happen.

Scots can fly their flag on their public buildings; English public buildings cannot fly the flag of Saint George.

The United Kingdom should be dismantled peacefully now to prevent a Balkanisation of the country.

A commonwealth of co-operation, free trade and defence alliance should replace the current UK.

Ireland could be part of this commonwealth too.

Adam Ives, Accrington Road, Blackburn