Scotland Separatism: Beginner's luck?
by gabriel_heuvelink on February 9, 2014 - 9:15pm
The article “Q&A: Scottish independence referendum” written by Andrew Black and published by BBC Scotland on November 26th 2013 deals with the Scottish separatist movement and the details surrounding the fall 2014 referendum in a Q&A format. The referendum will take place on September 18th 2014, coinciding with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Banockburn, a victory for the Scots during the wars of independence. Every Scottish citizen over the age of 16 will be allowed to vote, including overseas army personnel who are registered to vote in Scotland. The question that will be in the ballot is usually a controversial issue, as each campaigning side will claim that the question favours a certain answer. The question asked in this referendum will be “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The separatist movement has been present in Scotland since it’s unification with England in 1707, however, this is the first referendum on the subject. Currently, there is no clear winner, although the “yes” vote may be starting to lean ahead. Interestingly, the author makes a comparison with Quebec wanting to separate from Canada, stating that unionist and separatist parties agree that they want to avoid multiple referendums and debates, dubbing the Quebec situation a “neverendum”. The main difference between the Scottish and Quebecois separatism movement resides in language. A majority of the Quebecois population speaks French as a mother tongue, however, a minority of Scottish people speak Gaelic. The question is: why is Scotland’s referendum so different than Quebec’s previous attempts?