Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom. But now some of the English are thinking maybe they should secede. The other members–Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales–have their own parliaments and can vote on their own local issues. England, though, just has the one centralized UK Parliament in London.
That means the Scots, the Irish, and the Welsh, all of whom have big representation in London, can vote on measures that affect England, but not vice versa. For example, Scottish lawmakers in London voted to impose university tuition costs on England, though, thanks to the Scottish parliament, tuition is free in Scotland. Some are calling for a separate English parliament, creating something of a federalist system. Others are suggesting that the UK Parliament allow English-only votes on English-only issues. [Read more…]