Parliamentary elections in Scotland – one (half) of the country dreams of becoming independent – News

Parliamentary elections in Scotland - one (half) of the country dreams of becoming independent - News

If Scots vote, it is also about the independence of the nation.

During the last televised debate in Glasgow, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon made it clear where the journey was headed if her party wins the election next week: “We have to get our country running again. This includes how Scots are our nation.” It is the only way we can be sure that it is not Boris Johnson who determines what our economic future looks like, but the people who live here in Scotland.”

Decision in favor or against membership of the European Union

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Scotland will elect a new parliament next week. This election could prove to be a historic turning point for Britain. Along with the parliamentary elections, the Scots also decide whether there should be another referendum on independence. Because for the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP), independence and a return to the European Union have become the most important political goals after Brexit.

The final independence referendum was not far behind. In 2014, Scots spoke out clearly with 55 percent in favor of remaining in the state. The British government in London at the time believed that the issue was off the table for a generation. But it turned out differently. Brexit has fundamentally changed the starting position. A clear majority of Scots were against Brexit. Many felt that they had left the European Union against their will.

The dreams of freedom are supported by the Greens. On the other hand, Labor, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives want to remain in the state.

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Is there a debilitating debate going on?

Brexit has shown how such debate can cripple and divide a country for years. Political scientist John Curtis believes Scotland may be having an equally toxic controversy.

“At the peak of the pandemic, there seemed to be growing support for independence. People thought an independent Scotland could handle the pandemic better. With the government’s successful vaccination in London, this perception has waned again. The truth today is that the Scottish people are almost 50:50 split when it comes to independence.”

when two do the same thing

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If every other Scotsman is calling for independence, aren’t the separatists doing the same thing the UK did to the EU and was so heavily criticized by Scots? Leaving the union without knowing the consequences?

No, says Scottish campaigner and nationalist Stephen Gethins. “Leaving the European Union was contrary to the will of the Scots. The whole of Scottish history has been characterized by cosmopolitanism and global solidarity. Brexit is a project of English nationalism. In that sense, Scotland’s desire for independence is the opposite of Brexit, if you will. Scotland European seeks to rebuild relations with the Union and other countries – the opposite of isolation and alienation.”

harm should not be underestimated

The collateral damage of freedom should not be underestimated. The head of government must answer the question of how an independent Scotland can be financed without the help of Great Britain. The nation receives about 2000 francs per resident every year from financial equities.

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Geography also cannot be changed. England will continue to be the closest and most important trading partner. If Scotland returns to the European Union, a hard border with England will become inevitable.

Referendum with British approval only

One legal problem is that Scotland can hold an independence referendum only with the approval of the British government. Premier Johnson has already announced that he will not allow such a vote.

In this he finds widespread support – including by former Labor MP Gisela Stuart. The fact that Scots have the right to a referendum on Brexit is incomprehensible to them:

“To me, the Brexit vote is a commitment to the United Kingdom and a farewell to an organization that restricts our sovereignty, namely the European Union. Brexit is a commitment to independence. For this reason, I find it very strange. is when the Scots talk of being free and independent and re-joining the EU at the same time. So leave one union to be free and independent, and then immediately enter the next one. About this logical contradiction I deserve a little more thought.”

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Political decisions rarely follow the laws of logic alone. Polls show the Scottish National Party can win a majority in the upcoming elections and will shake Britain.


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