Is it time for another Scottish Independence Referendum?
The last referendum for Scottish independence was held on 18 September 2014.
This permitted all European Union or Commonwealth citizens, residing in Scotland and age 16 or over, to vote in the referendum.
The Scottish Government stated in its white paper for independence that voting Yes was a “once in a generation opportunity to follow a different path, and choose a new and better direction for our nation”.
The foreword to the “Scotland’s Future” statement was:
Scotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014 is a choice between two futures.
If we vote Yes, we take the next step on Scotland’s journey.
We will move forward with confidence, ready to make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead. The most important decisions about our economy and society will be taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is by the people of Scotland. The door will open to a new era for our nation.
Scotland’s future will be in Scotland’s hands.
If we vote No, Scotland stands still.
A once in a generation opportunity to follow a different path, and choose a new and better direction for our nation, is lost. Decisions about Scotland would remain in the hands of others.
55% voted “No” to independence.
A generation is typically a 20 to 30 year period.
This means that, according to Alex Salmond (Scottish First Minister), the next referendum should be held between 2034 and 2044.
The UK government agree with the Scottish agreement from 2014.
The Scottish government do not agree with the Scottish agreement from 2014.
In 2022, the Scottish government would like another referendum, hoping for a different outcome.
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