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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Brexit Process Pushes Scottish Unionists Toward Regional Independence From UK



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


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Scotland: The Courage to Grasp the Future?

00 vote yes for the future. Bugger off Westminster! 13.09.14


Does Scotland have the courage to grasp its own future, to be master of its destiny, and to make decisions for Scots taken by Scots, or are Governments in Westminster, for which the majority of the Scottish people didn’t vote, going to continue to rule Scotland repeatedly? Are Scots going to bow to the manipulation of fear? If the Scottish people largely didn’t vote for the Government in Westminster, then, why is it making decisions that shape the livelihoods and futures of the Scottish people and their children? Let’s look at the opportunities that an independent Scotland could take advantage of.

First, an independent Scotland would be nothing new. After all, it only joined England and Wales in the Union in 1707. Secondly, an independent Scotland would hardly be the smallest country in Europe. There exist many examples of small but prosperous countries with fewer resources and a smaller… far smaller… geographical area than those of Scotland. Thirdly, an independent Scotland would have a massive economic zone around it, stretching out into the Arctic… indeed, Scotland could become an Arctic nation, using its considerable scientific and technological expertise towards harnessing the untold wealth under the seas… mineral wealth to be discovered, fisheries, and alternative energies. If Scotland used the Scottish Pound divorced from GBP or created a new currency, it’d be free to follow its own economic policies, using its currency as leverage to create jobs and wealth by favouring exports, translating this into opportunities and work posts for its youth and added income for the State through revenue from taxation and duties.

Famous for its whisky, Scotland produces a range of products in numerous areas of economic activity in all three economic sectors… in the primary sector, Scotland produces barley, fish, Iron-Bru, beer, potatoes, whisky, timber, shortbread, and mineral waters; in the secondary sector, from cutting-edge technologies in aerospace and naval systems to vehicles for public transportation, computer hardware and software development, from chemical products to oil and gas, electricity, electronics, pharmaceutical products and renewable energies, ships and textiles; in the tertiary sector, Scotland is also a  major player in business and financial services.

Despite threats from London and the EU to make things as difficult as possible for Scotland, as they try to scare Scots with hypothetical “What if…” questions, so, what if Scotland left NATO? Who’s going to invade Scotland, Mars? Or Burkina Faso? Maybe, the Færøe Isles? If Scotland left NATO, it’d be free from its massive payment to the coffers of this organisation, whose annual budget is 1.2 trillion USD (45.4 trillion Roubles. 7.4 trillion Renminbi. 73 trillion INR. 1.33 trillion CAD. 1.32 trillion AUD. 926 billion Euros. 738 billion UK Pounds) {that’s a combined total of military budgets for all NATO states: BMD}. Each year, every year. Perhaps, England and the USA would like to pay rent for their bases in Scotland, bringing in more revenue. In fact, an independent Scotland would be free from the web of deceit, skulduggery, arrogance, and intrusion that Washington and its NATO poodles in Europe weave and impose on other countries and cultures, creating hatred, sowing chaos, and reaping terrorist threats at every turn. It’d be an island of peace, stability, and prosperity; respected by all, not hated.

As far as the EU concerned, Norway’s just been named as one of the three most prosperous nations on Earth. Does Norway belong to the EU? Switzerland is also in the top three. Does Switzerland belong to the EU? There’d also be nothing to stop Scotland becoming a Tax Haven for companies the world over to set up their headquarters, bringing added value, income, and capital to the country, bringing also opportunities for its citizens. In fact, Scotland has the full potential to become a pioneer for tomorrow, taking advantage of its formidable geostrategic position at the southern gateway to the Arctic, the western gateway to the Baltic, the Eastern gateway to the North Atlantic, its area of influence spanning a vast area from Norway to the Americas, with untold riches lying on its northern shores, waiting to be harnessed. Finally, tourism. From the Scottish Isles to Loch Ness, from Ben Nevis to the lochs, from that beautiful pearl, Edinburgh, to the Orkneys, to the Shetlands, from its magnificent scenery, its castles, its golf, its restaurants, gastronomy, wildlife, Scotland has the potential to become one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. After all, what’s holding Scotland back?

11 September 2014

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



Monday, 26 December 2011

Scotland May Opt for Secession


Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond promised to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should secede from the UK, to “win the fight for independence”. Sir Gus O’Donnell, the UK Cabinet Secretary, acknowledged that there’s a very real threat of a division of the kingdom. He said that there was a risk that the UK would cease to be a unified state within several years. In May 2011, the National Party won the elections for Stormont (Scottish Parliament), having received an absolute majority. This influenced the rise of separatist sentiment in Scotland. As shown by the latest opinion poll among Scots, they’d vote for independence if their standard of living rose by £ 500 (24,400 Roubles. 785 USD. 600 Euros) a year. The survey also indicated that only 25 percent of respondents prefer to remain in the UK. However, if the economic situation worsens, then, only 21 percent of Scots would support secession from the UK and 66 percent would vote against independence in a possible referendum.

However, the Scottish standard of living is unlikely to rise by £ 500 a year. According to latest official figures, the British economy is in recession. Recently, UK Prime Minister David Cameron recognised this; he told his colleagues in the Conservative Party that the upcoming 2012 “will be the most difficult time in the last thirty years, i.e. since the early 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher was in power”. In addition, the ties between London and Edinburgh are strong. Tens of thousands of Britons work for Scottish companies, and many more study in universities in Scotland. There’s a similar number of Scots living and working in British cities. More and more Scots seek work in London and other major British cities because of unemployment in their home region. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, until the British economy starts to recover, Scottish nationalists are unlikely to persuade their countrymen to secede from the United Kingdom.

24 December 2011

Sergei Sayenko

Voice of Russia World Service


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