The Scottish Referendum – Counting Down

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It is less than ten days to go before the people who live in Scotland vote Yes or No to the question – “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

To clarify my mind in relation to this situation, I found it necessary to set out a few facts.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is an independent country.

Great Britain is the name of the island made up of England, Wales and Scotland.

England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are not independent countries but the United Kingdom is. The Union Jack also known as the Union Flag, is the national flag of the United Kingdom.

Union Jack flag

The closer we get to this referendum, the more nervous I get when I hear on the television and in the newspapers that we are getting closer to a possible change in the make-up of the U.K. It appears that opinion is moving closer to a decision in favour of an independent Scotland.

So, the Scots get their chance to vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom. When do we, the rest of the United Kingdom, get our chance to vote on whether we agree with the breakup of the Union?

Has a minority been given the right to vote on a constitutional matter that affects the majority? Why did anyone think that an independent Scotland would affect only the Scots?

May we presume that if the Scots do vote to become an independent country, then we will then be given the chance to vote on whether we agree with their decision to proceed with the breakup of the United Kingdom. It is not just a case of Scotland becoming independent, is it?

Have I missed something in all the rhetoric leading up to this momentous event? Is there some procedure lined up to enable the majority to express their opinion on this matter if Scotland does vote for a change? Did someone forget to put the second stage in the process?

If not, why was it arranged that only the Scots should have the chance to decide the future of the United Kingdom? For surely that is what the vote is about? It is not just about Scotland. If they become independent, then we will no longer be the United Kingdom. How come the people of the United Kingdom don’t get a say in the breakup of our country, the United Kingdom? If it is not important to the rest of the U.K. why is the Prime Minister, his coalition assistant and the leader of the Opposition all spending so much time and effort in trying to persuade the Scottish voters to vote NO.

Hadrians Wall

A return to border control?

In addition, I don’t understand how Scotland can suddenly become an independent country when it is not a country now. It is is an internal division of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, just like England and Wales and Northern Ireland. How do you suddenly announce that oh, by the way, we are an independent country now. Can we please join the UN, NATO, the Commonwealth and the EU? And oh, by the way, can we keep Her Majesty the Queen and the English Pound.?

Hey! I’m no politician, expert, councillor or business man with vested interests, I’m no guru, just an ordinary citizen. I disagree wholeheartedly with the idea of Scottish independence because I believe in the old adage “United we stand, Divided we Fall”. I believe in democracy and the right of the majority. Giving a few people the ability to break up a union after 300 years does not seem right or fair. I can’t influence the vote but hope that everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland would prefer to see and remain in a United Kingdom.

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

There you go I’ve said it now. If you have got this far, thank you for your time.

“Pic and slogans courtesy of http://www.aForceForGood.org.uk”

 

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3 thoughts on “The Scottish Referendum – Counting Down

  1. Perhaps if a little more thought had been given to what was happening in Scotland in the past thirty years, we wouldn’t be where we are now. The reason why this question is being conducted in a very unsatisfactory way is that the London government never thought for a moment that the Scots might actually accept their offer of independence, otherwise they would never have allowed us to have a referendum. As a result, they gave no thought to the possible consequences or the organisation needed. Don’t blame us. If someone offered you the chance to run your bit of the country in a way that you wanted, would you reject that?

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    • Thank you for taking the time to comment. I quite agree that the government never expected a vote in favour and that is why there appears to be so much panic now and why they gave no thought to the rest of the UK. If the vote is yes, we will just have to suffer in silence.
      I was firmly against an Assembly for Northern England as in my experience bodies like this are just another level of bureaucracy, another level of unnecessary costs and a reason for politicians to pay themselves more. Only a week to go now, I hope it turns out as you wish.

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