Friday, November 2, 2012

There is a strong movement in Scotland to hold a referendum on secession from Britain


Go back to your freshman European history texts.  There is a strong movement in Scotland to hold a referendum on secession from Britain late in 2014, termination a sovereign union in effect since 1707.  The Uinted Kingdom would no longer be the UK. 

Some of the motives are said to be economic: Scotland holds most of the oil resources. 

Another is that smaller European states (like the Netherlands, Belgium) have a lot more power in proportion to their size and population.

There is a general opinion, following a Supreme Court of Canada opinion on a similar question for Quebec, that it is difficult for a referendum alone to establish independence, but it could put strong practical pressure on London (Wikipedia, here. 

There is a summary of the issue on “The Week” (covering “The Beast” and “Altantic”) here

Wikipedia attribution link for Inverness picture. I visited the country in 1982, and took the train north from here.  It was November, and dark before 4 PM for "tea". 

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