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October 22, 2017

The Case for Scottish Independence


The United Kingdom is on the brinks of falling apart thanks to the rising tension between the kingdoms within it. With the collection of countries controlled by a conservative government regardless of ideological separations, its more than obvious that residents within the U.K. don’t see eye to eye on most issues. The United Kingdom just might not be so united after all, with English and Scottish differences heating up even further because of Brexit.

To understand the modern, you have to understand the history. So, a really, really, really brief explanation concerning the history of this so-called United Kindom:

As James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII, the communications between the two countries began to intertwine. The Reformation occurred, and Scottish Protestants turned towards a Church of England, joining the opposition against the Catholic French.

James VI of Scotland and James I of England came together to create a “United Kingdom” of sorts between the Great Brits and the Scots, and the English had begun to operate as if the two nations were one country – especially in terms of religion.

Insert the entire history of a cycle of civil wars, and Scotland crowned Charles II within the gates of Edinburgh in 1651. Meanwhile, Cromwell continued north to impose his rule in London. England and Scotland were, unofficially and uneasily, united until restorations within the doctrines of 1660.

Twenty years goes by. In 1688 James VII was overthrown in England, and the Scots became outraged in their lack of involvement in the governing situation. They announced their interest in crowning James’s son rather than the English’s Protestant Elector of Hanover.

The Scots soon faced an economic situation: their colony at Darien in Panama had collapsed in its entirely. The late 17th century was a difficult period for Scotland, and it soon became notified through the increasingly rising financial crisis within the northern-most Isle territories. Bankruptcy was threatened, and the Scots found themselves desperately relying upon England’s vastly growing wealth. Meanwhile, England had decided that they wanted to implement a Stuart restoration.

What helped both causes? The 1707 Act of Union, of course.

The union of the two nations would enable Scotland to recover, forcing the Scottish Parliament into compliance with the Act of Settlement.

In Scotland, some claimed that union would enable Scotland to recover from the financial disaster wrought by the Darien scheme through English assistance and the lifting of measures put in place through the Alien Act to force the Scottish Parliament into compliance with the Act of Settlement.

Not to get too historical, but this short description is rather important for the history of the so-called “United” Kingdom. Scotland was pressured into joining this union through economic deprivation and financial failure. I honestly believe that within the next few years, perhaps even shorter, Scotland will exit the United Kingdom based on the same principles of economic hardship, but mixed with ideological differences that are too far gone to repair.

Scotland is a rather liberal community being governed by the Party of Cameron (and perhaps soon the UKIP xenophobic movement) that has created tensions between the Isle residents. The Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 highlighted this – that Scotland hasn’t been so approving of the English provisions for quite some time now. One major thing kept Scotland within the United Kingdom: The European Union.

Not to get offensive here, but Scotland understood that leaving the U.K. — a stable entity within the European Union – would be financial suicide. To ditch the pound sterling and unable to grab hold of the euro would be horrendous for the Scottish economy; sarcastically speaking, the old Scottish currency of haggis wouldn’t really fit the bill.

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Brexit votes. Yellow districts voted for STAY. Blue districts voted for REMAIN.

Unfortunately, the men and women of the Lower Isles don’t seem to understand that Scotland remained within the U.K. to remain within the E.U., as confusing as that sounds. But now, with the U.K. voting by a slim majority (none of that slim majority residing within Scotland, mind you) to exit the E.U., Scotland has no reason to sit through the political torment that led them to referendum in 2014.

With the SNP calling for a new Scottish independence referendum, and Brexit proving to be a catastrophic economic decision, I publicly endorse the concept of Scotland leaving the U.K. to either create an “Independence Day” movement for itself or to rejoin the European Union as a sovereign entity.

Of course, this is just an opinionated piece. But an overwhelmingly “liberal population” being held hostage by an overall conservative entity for religious and economic reasons from the 17th-to-18th centuries does not equal a unified kingdom. Especially with such vast differences and a horrendously cut deal for the people to the north.

The English were all for “independence” from the European Union; but now that Scotland and Northern Ireland are re-opening the “independence” movements of their own, England wants to remain quiet.

If England wants to play a dangerous game with the E.U., Scotland has every right to abandon the United Kingdom ship before it sinks on its own.

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