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Section 3.4. Section 3.4. The Head of State will possess only such powers as are expressly vested in him or her by this Constitution and will exercise those powers with the advice and consent of the responsible constitutional authorities.
Section 3.4. Apart from routine & formal duties a Head of State acts as a roving Ambassador enjoying political access to their foreign counterparts. More importantly s/he is able to benefit from informal discussions which could ease tensions or contribute to positive relationships. In other words it's networking at the highest level.
More powerful head of state
Section 3.4. The President of the Republic is the guardian of the constitution and determines the foreign and defense policies of Scotland independently.
The President of the Republic will possess only such powers as are expressly vested in him or her by this Constitution and will exercise those powers with the advice and consent of the responsible constitutional authorities, unless this constitution allows him or her to act independently.
Section 3.4. Some countries in Europe, such as Lithuania and Romania, give foreign policy powers to their presidents while leaving domestic matters to the government.
If an independent Scotland has such an arrangement, it means that essentially, matters currently handled by the UK government would be handled by the president following independence.
I think that this would be a good compromise with the unionist side; while Scotland would be formally independent, the Scottish Government will not gain any new responsibilities after independence.