The people of Scotland will vote on Thursday, September 18, on whether or not to secede from Great Britain. When we blogged about it before in 2012, the chances for a “yes” majority seemed remote, but one poll last weekend showed the secessionists winning. Though other polls suggest that the United Kingdom will remain united, the English–including political leaders of all parties–are in something of a panic as they realize that Scotland could very well leave.
Usually, nationalists are on the right, but the pro-Independence movement in Scotland seems dominated by the left. And yet, as a Washington Post analysis suggests, a major consequence would be removing 41 Labour Party members from the English parliament, possibly endangering the UK’s membership in the European Union. And no one knows what the economic repercussions would be for either country. [Read more...]