What’s going on in Scotland?
On September 18, voters in Scotland will vote in a referendum whether they want the nation to become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom.
What is the reason for the push for Scottish independence?
Mainly for political and economic reasons. Scotland is more economically liberal than the rest of the UK and in favor of a broader welfare state. And because of offshore oil resources, many believe an independent Scotland would not only be wealthier than the rest of the UK, but would put the them in the top 20 of countries globally.
What’s the argument against independence?
As the Better Together campaign explains, “We think that the case for staying a part of the UK is a compelling one – and it is based around a simple notion: We have the best of both worlds in Scotland.”
The idea is that Scotland currently benefits from the safety and security of being part of one of the biggest economies in the world. They also have their own Scottish Parliament making decisions about many domestic policy issues, so leaving the UK wouldn’t be much of a benefit for the small country.
Wait, what’s the United Kingdom? Is that the same as Great Britain?