Should Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? | The Tylt
Should Scotland secede from the United Kingdom?
The Scottish National Party thinks Scotland would be better off without the U.K., and with the EU. Around 62 percent of Scots voted to remain in the EU during the Brexit referendum—compared to the U.K. at large, where only 48 percent wanted to remain in the EU. The risk of leaving the U.K. is great—no one knows what independence will look like or if the Scottish economy is strong enough to withstand the shock. But ministers say the risk of remaining with the U.K. is greater. Leaving the EU will absolutely hurt the U.K. and Scotland with it.
On the eve of the first independence referendum, in September 2014, David Cameron exhorted the people of Scotland to ask themselves: “Will my family and I truly be better off by going it alone? Will we really be more safe and secure?” Thanks to his machinations, the probable answer is now: yes.
Scotland and the U.K. have long had their differences, but things have never been as stark as they are now. Tradition and history is not a good enough reason for Scotland to stick with the United Kingdom. The British government has shown it does not care for, or respect, the wishes of the Scottish people. The Scottish National Party thinks it's time for Scots to decide their own future.
Scotland could wait to find out what happens after Brexit, though it is hard to see any likely outcome other than more of this and worse. Or it could cut the rope, pull itself back into the boat, and sail towards a hopeful if uncertain future. I know which option I would take.
The British government argues Scotland should remain with the U.K. until after Brexit. It's simply a bad time for Scotland to secede—negotiations for Brexit should be completed first, otherwise there would be far too many moving parts. Besides, a majority of Scottish people voted against independence in 201. The U.K. government says the Scottish National Party should stay, for the sake of the Scottish people. It's better together than apart.
Here's what the U.K. government said in a statement:
As the Prime Minister has set out, the UK Government seeks a future partnership with the EU that works for the whole of the United Kingdom. The UK Government will negotiate that agreement, but we will do so taking into account the interests of all of the nations of the UK.
We have been working closely with all the devolved administrations - listening to their proposals, and recognising the many areas of common ground, including workers’ rights, the status of EU citizens living in the UK and our security from crime and terrorism.
Only a little over two years ago people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of our United Kingdom in a referendum which the Scottish Government defined as a ‘once in a generation’ vote. The evidence clearly shows that a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum. Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time.
The Scottish Government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people in Scotland."
As an Independent country in the EU, Scotland would get 12 MEPs, a veto, a seat at the top table, and EU Presidency on a rotating basis #Yes