Brexit revives the Battle of Independence of Scotland

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Nearly six years after the issue of secession from the United Kingdom casting ballot boxes, Brexit has given new impetus to Scottish independence supporters who are determined to reopen the debate despite London’s firm stance in this regard.

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With the inevitable date approaching after years of delay, the UK exit from the European Union is not being accepted in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the two provinces that voted against Brexit in the 2016 referendum, raising fears of a breakdown in the country’s unity.

Independents believe that this historic option calls for a re-consultation of the Scots, who voted 55% to remain within the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014.

They say that some county residents who voted 62% against Brexit have changed their minds and are now in favor of Scotland making its way on its own after more than 300 years of unity, which in theory allows them to join the European Union.

Christopher Klanchan, who voted in 2014 against separation from the United Kingdom, speaking to AFP in early January in Glasgow during a demonstration for independence, “Brexit showed a real problem in the British constitution, that Scotland is voting for something without it being So any effect. ”

Scottish Prime Minister Nicolas Sturgeon, who leads the independence “Scottish National Party”, pressed the British government to get it to organize a second referendum on Brexit.

She sent a letter to British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which included an official request in this regard, considering that her party’s landslide victory in the legislative elections in December amounted to a mandate granted to it.

But Johnson categorically rejects it, saying he will “prolong the political stagnation that Scotland has known over the past decade.”

– Polls are inconclusive –

Nikola Sturgeon accused the governing governors of ignoring the will of the people and wrote in a tweet, “The problem for the conservatives is that whenever they try to prevent democracy (…) they nurture the cause of independence.”

In the face of government hardening, the Scottish local authorities may try to resort to the judiciary, but experts believe that such an endeavor rarely has chances of success.

And the British Society of Constitutional Law considered that “the question of holding a second referendum or not, and under what conditions, is a political matter that finds a solution on the political scene.”

Many believe it would be more beneficial to wait for the next Scottish legislative elections in 2021 to gain more political weight.

Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament, said in an interview with The Herald that Johnson’s Conservative government ministers had told him in private conversations that it would be “difficult in the long run” for the British government to continue on its path.

Professor of local politics at the University of Edinburgh, Nicolas McEwen, said that if a clear majority in favor of a new referendum emerges, the British government will likely have to accept that.

Meanwhile, independence demonstrations are regularly taking place in the streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

About eighty thousand people defied the bitter cold and torrential rain in January in defense of their cause, raising blue and white Scottish flags.

And if London ultimately allows a referendum to take place, the polls do not reflect any clear majority for either party. “There was a push (toward independence), but it was modest and limited mainly to those who voted for survival in the European Union,” said McEwen.

But if negative economic consequences for Brexit come in the coming years, this could fuel discontent in Scotland and give additional arguments to independence.


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