Scotland: Tens of Thousands of People are On the Streets for an Independent Country
In Glasgow, in Scotland, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets before independence. The demonstrators want a new referendum because they don’t like a Brexit.
Besides, some demonstrators are for the United Kingdom. Veerle de Vos took the train through central Scotland in early October in search of more explanation. Discover her journey below again.
About five years ago the Scots voted against the exit from the United Kingdom in a historic independence referendum.
In advance, the polls hardly gave the proponents of independence a chance. But that changed during the heated campaign. In the end, the Yes camp stranded at 45 percent. The issue of independence disappeared for a moment.
But two years later, another referendum shook the cards thoroughly. 63 percent of the Scots voted against the exit from the European Union, more than in any other part of the United Kingdom.
“This is a clear sign of the gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK,” said a militant prime minister Nicola Sturgeon the morning after. “This changes the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014. The option of a second referendum is on the table again. “
But the London government, which must allow the Scots to organize such a referendum, thought differently. “Now is not the time” – “now is not the time” – were the legendary words of Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017.
“We must do everything we can to get the best deal out of the brand for the entire United Kingdom. Talking about a new independence referendum for Scotland is wasted energy. “
In the meantime, Boris Johnson is the prime minister. After his obvious victory, Sturgeon again asked for a referendum. Polls indicate that a (albeit small) majority could opt for independence, certainly because of the Brexit. But the British government is clear for the time being: a new referendum is not going to happen.