A woman waves a Scottish Saltire

A woman waves a Scottish Saltire

07-05-2021REUTERS -

I did think that I was in touch with British public opinion but I was proved wrong over Brexit and the same thing could happen with Scottish independence. I believe that Scotland should continue to be part of the United Kingdom and this push for a breakaway, I think, has come about because of a lack of communication between Edinburgh and London.

I have Scottish friends who are in favour of independence but I am never too sure whether there is a degree of “leg pulling” or they do agree that Scotland should stand alone. Yesterday, I mentioned the importance of the elections in Scotland to a number of people including a former high-level English politician.

Their response rather surprised me. Perhaps England, Wales and Scotland should have a referendum on whether they want Scotland to continue in the union was their general concensus of opinion. Obviously, these people were English but they came from different backgrounds and they were all living in Britain.

How things have changed in the space of twenty years. Back then Scottish independence was not even mentioned, the Labour Party and not the Scottish Nationalists was the party of government in Scotland and the Tories were a almost a “bad word” north of the border.

These days the Conservatives are the only real rivals to the nationalists, half the population of Scotland believe that they should breakaway and a sizeable number of people in the rest of the country think they should do so.

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David hames / Hace 5 months

So a bunch of English people who had their referendum to leave a political union in 2015, and had their decision upheld and enforced over the wishes of Scottish and Northern Irish people should have a veto over whether Scotland should leave the UK union, which is supposedly based on consent.? You must be joking.

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Majorca fan / Hace 5 months

Scotland had a vote on this once in a generation subject 6 years ago. Personally if the jocks wish to go on their own most of us in the English boarder counties would be ok with that. However how Scotland would replace the £30billion in direct transfer funds from U.K. /English taxpayer via Barnett fascinates me. The factor of Scotland joining the European Union at independence will compromise Spain in view of the Catalonia situation.

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