Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Free Scotland in 2014?

Scotland takes a big step on its path towards an independence referendum when UK Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond signed a deal in Edinburgh on Monday setting out terms and conditions – certainly a big step that could lead to the demise of Scotland’s three-centuries-old union with England. In other words, it is a deal that will allow Scotland to decide in a 2014 referendum whether it should become an independent country or stay within the United Kingdom. [The SNP secured a mandate to hold the referendum after its landslide Scottish election win last year].

Scotland’s push for sovereignty echoes separatist moves by other European regions such as Catalonia and Flanders at a time when a crisis-hit European Union undergoes deep changes to its identity.

Nationalists have timed the vote to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeated English invaders.

Scotland will have a chance to be free again! And it is fitting that Scots should be the ones who decide. Even 16 and 17-year-olds will take part in the ballot.

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