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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Brexit Process Pushes Scottish Unionists Toward Regional Independence From UK

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On Sunday, Ahmed Asif, a spokesman for the Scottish National Party (SNP) told us that the continuing process of Britain’s exit from the EU stimulated a number of Scottish politicians, who used to oppose independence from the UK to reconsider their opinion. On Friday, Alex Rowley, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, called on his party fellows to denounce its unionist policy and called for it to adopt a more federalist position. Asif said:

Many Labour supporters voted for independence in 2014, and faced with being dragged to the EU exit door by the hard right of the Tory party, it’s no surprise that many more are reconsidering their opposition to independence. After the majority of Scots voiced their support to the UK’s EU membership, they realised the possible impact of Brexit on the country’s economy and other issues.

On 23 June, the UK held a referendum in which 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, opted for the country to leave the EU. At the same time, the majority of voters in both Scotland and Northern Ireland opposed such an exit. Following the referendum, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) said that Scotland would consider to take a vote on independence one more time after a failed attempt in September 2014, claiming that Brexit referendum outcome neglected its desire to stay in the EU.

13 November 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201611131047394080-brexit-scotland-exit/

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