Why Scotland wants to leave the UK

From a historian’s perspective the reasons are simple:

  1. In the past, as the minority of Protestants in a largely Catholic Europe, Scotland preferred to be part of a group rather than stand alone. With religiosity on the decline, that identity isn’t as strong any more.
  2. During the time of the Empire, Scotland reaped lots of economic benefits of being part of the union. These days economic benefits of the union aren’t as strong.
  3. In the past, geography mattered because as an island nation, Scotland could better defend itself. Now that matters little.
  4. Britain is held together by the English, who are London-centric and don’t give the North as much attention as it deserves.
  5. With the EU, both Ireland and Scotland have a new centre to identify with other than London.


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