It’s hard for Americans not to have an opinion on the politics of other countries, but especially when it comes to independence attempts. After all, we know a little something about that, having broken away from England before it was cool and having watched as the rest of the British Empire eventually did the same. However, the one alliance I think most people never expected to break (or even knew it was possible) was the United Kingdoms of England and Scotland, brought together by Queen Anne in 1707. The oldest alliance will stay together. Scotland has rejected independence from the UK. The only four areas to vote for independence were Glasgow, Dundee, North Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire.
“Today of all days, as we bring Scotland together, let us not dwell on the distance we have fallen short. Let us dwell on the distance we have traveled and have confidence that a movement is abroad in Scotland that will take this nation forward, and we shall go forward as one nation,” said Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party.
While Scotland remains in the UK, it appears they will get a greater share of governing powers than they previously had, and perhaps a greater share of North Sea oil revenues and a right to keep ancient discovered gold. Scotland formed a devolved parliament (called the Holyrood) in 1999, meaning the bulk of Scotland’s decisions are being made by Scotland, but David Cameron promised the Scots more power should they choose to stay with England in the UK, now Cameron has to figure out how to make that happen considering there may be some bad blood in Westminster over Scotland’s move to freedom. Looks like they might be on their own to handle that growing rabbit infestation.
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