Once again, Scotland’s political leaders will ask her people if they are ready to divorce themselves from the United Kingdom once and for all.
The latest referendum plan comes on the heels of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, something the Scottish people were roundly against. Scotland happens to be the most staunchly and consistently leftist section of the UK and the region routinely finds itself voting for far-left leaders and far-left policies. The vote on #Brexit was no different.
Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union and still the majority of UK voters decided to leave the Union. That vote, more than any other political event in recent years, marks a fault line between Scotland and England. Another example of the enormity of difference between the two nations in political philosophy is the political parties the people support. The UK is led by the majority party, which currently happens to be the Conservative Party. However, of Scotland’s 59 elected Members of Parliament (MP’s) 54 of them belong to the Scottish National Party which happens to lean far to the left.
What #Brexit may have changed is the general feeling that Scotland “belonged” as part of the UK. Now, Scotland’s leaders who have thus far failed to convince their voters to exit the United Kingdom, now believe they may have the reason and the momentum to finally get the voters on board with their plan for Independence.
The first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would seek approval for a new independence referendum for the country next week.
Sturgeon said it was clear that the UK was heading for a “hard Brexit” to the detriment of Scotland, and that Scottish voters deserved a choice of remaining in the European Union as part of an independent nation.Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in the EU and Sturgeon said it was for the people to decide whether they followed the rest of the UK or forged their own path.“I am ensuring that Scotland’s future … will be decided by the people of Scotland,” she said at a press conference in Edinburgh on Monday.“It will be Scotland’s choice and I trust the people of Scotland to make that choice.”