Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s First Minister has admitted that the looming negotiations on “Brexit” mean that Scotland is likely to have another opportunity to vote for their own independence. The country previously had an independence referendum in 2014, on that occasion Scotland voted to remain a member of the United Kingdom. But a lot has happened in the two and a half years between then and where we are now. For a start there was a general election. The election returned a majority Conservative government for the first time in nearly 20 years. With this government came a promise, an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Well unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know how that referendum went. But the interesting contrast of the referendum was that Scotland was an outlier. Scotland voted to remain by 62% to 38%. It is this figure that got the Scottish national party excited. Their pledge is to try and make Scotland an individual nation outside of the confines of the UK.
Since the Brexit vote Nicola Sturgeon has been far from shy. Having meetings with the EU elite, she is determined that Scotland should remain an individual member of the European Union. Her course has put her on a direct showdown with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May. May has insisted that Scotland was part of the UK that voted to leave, and as such will be affected by the result.
The problem for Sturgeon now remains is how many of those voters who voted against Scotland Seceding from the Union of Great Britain into voting to leave it. The curious case for Sturgeon is how many of those people have changed their mind in the meantime? Or if they haven’t how can she encourage them to think that being a member of the EU is more important than being a member of the Union.
Though it does appear that Sturgeon is holding off on firing the gun on the case for independence, and waiting to see how the Westminster parliament negotiates before choosing perhaps a more opportune moment to attack. Indeed with oil trading at lowly figures Scotland’s finances are in worse shape than 2014. Also opinion polls do not back her. She has already promised to hold off on the suggestions, and by the looks of it, it may pay her to wait a little longer.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.