By late last year support for the Scottish National Party’s independence movement was polling at 50%, I suspect reflecting Brexit fatigue.
But with the economic depression ahead, I suspect the SNP support will dwindle. Such crises invariably see a conservative voter response with no mood for radicalism. Staying part of the United Kingdom will feel more secure. Were I a Scot I might well vote SNP as I like small states and think Scotland could become another Switzerland, so don’t interpret my comments as anti – SNP.
It’s academic anyway as Boris has no intention of allowing another referendum and be branded the Prime Minister who destroyed the Union.
If he was bold then he should. Polls say the English would happily be rid of Northern Ireland which apart from other considerations, is a financial drain on the Union. I suspect the English would feel differently though about losing Scotland.
But they wouldn’t really lose it in any meaningful sense if it was independent. Rather, everything would carry on exactly as before, be it trade, tourism, sporting competition or what have you.
Aside from that, currently the EU would pose problems, first because any new member states have to accept the Euro as their currency and that would be devastating for a Scottish nation, as it has been for Southern Europe. The EU is currently fragile. Only the abandonment of the Euro will hold it together.
We certainly live in interesting times.
Hmm , Lets not forget where all that North Sea oil comes ashore…Scotland.
N Sea Oil is almost worthless at the moment. SNP are a HIGH TAX HIGH SPEND Party
Yeah, people can make too much of a big deal out of ‘union’ which is really just ‘political union’, which is ultimately only a geopolitical abstraction. A bit like the fall of the Roman Empire…did it really fall or just lose its executive head? I ponder that its functional executive merely turned itself into religion (Christianity) and never looked back for another 1,500 years.
Delighted to see a full page advert from Social Credit! The advertising rate must have collapsed to bring them out of the dark ages!
So true Colin.
You only have to admire the Ferry services connecting the Northern Scottish Isles to see the value of the region.
Even if ‘academic’, any should be able to be independent if wanted.