One country or two?|Patrick Sacco|KnowLedge World Network|Activities|KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL

  • 2018.01.23
  • One country or two?
Although I don’t particularly like talking about politics, I think it’s possible to touch some topics without expressing a personal opinion about them.
I noticed that we often talk about Scottish Independence but then few know why Scotland wants to be independent and few people abroad are aware of the current situation here.
At the moment, the Premier of the Scottish Autonomous Government, Nicola Sturgeon, has started to indicate when the referendum on the independence of Scotland could be held and rumours say autumn 2018. By that date it will be indeed understood if the Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels will allow Scotland (or possibly the whole Great Britain, if there were any rethinking in this sense of Theresa May's government, however unlikely it appears now) to remain at least in the common market of the European Union.
Unlike England, Scottish people voted ‘no’ to the Brexit referendum and the country would like to remain in Europe or, at least, deal with the EU when it comes to trading.
This is the minimum condition set by the government of Edinburgh not to hold a second referendum on an independence from the United Kingdom (after the one lost at only 55 to 45 percent in September 2014). Naturally, Theresa May would have to consent to the Scottish referendum (as David Cameron did for the first) because refusing, however, would result in the risk of discrediting two decades of devolution and going to a head-on collision with Scotland.
A possible tactic of London could be that of not explicitly rejecting the hypothesis of a referendum, but trying to postpone it for as long as possible, certainly after the conclusion and the ratification of the "divorce" from the European Union. As it is, the idea that the Scots is a bluff and are afraid to hold a second referendum begins to lose credibility. The cards will be discovered within a year and it will be interesting to see what will happen.
"Should Scotland be an independent country?" This question has been on everyone's lips in recent months, even years.
Since the government announced the referendum of 2018, many electoral campaigns have been launched by both sides. Among those with more resonance we find "Let's Stay Together" led by famous people and crown lovers while supporters of Independence are bringing back the "Yes Scotland" campaign for the homonymous party. And you probably also heard about the girl who designed a giant "Yes" on the hill behind Edinburgh Castle a few years back.

Although in 2014 it was announced that Scotland had to remain part of the United Kingdom, before the final count, results weren’t sure.
Only 55% of Scots voted against independence with a historical turnout of over 80%, one of the highest in history in our land. The total number of voters even included people who had never expressed their vote or people who hadn’t gone to the polls for years.
The vote had a historical weight also because for the first time allowed sixteen and seventeen years olds to express their preference. This shows the importance that this referendum has had in our modern Scotland.
The referendum brought a “Scottish awakening” in politics and in many people who had only dreamed about independence before while watching films such as “Braveheart.” As a reaction to this, the Labor party in England tried to compensate for this sense of disconnection between the different regions of the United Kingdom by promoting more ‘togetherness.’

In any case, this vote has already changed the British political landscape in the past and who knows if it will be further changed in the new year.

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  • Patrick Sacco
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HELLO! MY NAME IS PATRICK AND I LIVE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, WHERE I WORK AS A CIVIL ENGINEER AND I’M ALSO AN AMATEUR POET IN MY SPARE TIME. I MOVED TO SCOTLAND ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO FROM ITALY AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE RAINY WEATHER BUT IT’S THIS TYPE OF WEATHER WHICH ALLOWS THIS REGION TO BE SO LUSH AND GREEN. WHENEVER I HAVE THE CHANCE I TAKE MY CAR TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND I GO EXPLORE THE MANY LAKES AND VALLEYS AROUND EDINBURGH.

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