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After Scotland rejects independence, what next for the United Kingdom

Friday, September 19, 2014

 

After two years of campaigning the people of Scotland have spoken and they have rejected the opportunity of independence by a much bigger margin than had been anticipated in recent weeks.

The Yes Campaign had appeared to be building momentum in the final days of the campaign, but in the end the people of Scotland decided to stay with the Union.

For the Yes Campaign and the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) in particular, the defeat is a crushing blow. Alex Salmond pursued a policy of claiming there were no downsides to independence and that the rest of the UK, the European Union and NATO would do everything he said and give him whatever he wanted because that would be the 'sovereign' will of the Scottish people.

Salmond of course, failed to take into account that the sovereign will of the peoples of the rest of the UK and that of the nations of the EU and NATO would see things completely different to him. Thankfully the majority of Scottish people were not taken in by Salmond's delusion and fantasy when it came to the currency, public services, borders, and many other socio-economic factors. 

But the victory for the No campaign did not cover David Cameron, Ed Miliband or Nick Clegg in glory. Alistair Darling, Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown can rightfully congratulate themselves on making the case for the Union in a courageous and passionate way. 

This is in stark contrast to the three main party leaders who embarrassed themselves by flapping around and lurching desperately from one sweetener to another instead of providing the leadership needed and which was provided by Murphy, Darling and Brown. 

The result now means that at long last the devolution imbalance that has existed in the UK for nearly twenty years will have to be addressed, a federal UK? a new and fairer distribution of the finances in the UK? 

Mr Salmond conceded the result this morning with the cry that the promises of further powers for Scotland made by Westminster needed to be honoured. 

Over the coming weeks and months I will watch with interest to see whether the United Kingdom emerges from its flirtation with divorce a stronger or weaker nation. This does not just mean Scotland.




 

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