- Scottish Independence – should the English have a say?
With the promised referendum coming soon who should have a say in the referendum, what should the question be and ultimately would Scotland be better off?
Is this like the Euro project a political folly or real progress to improve the lives of the Scottish people.
Having lived and worked in Scotland I have many fond memories and made some great friends …I could not howver escape some of the anti English sentiment. However I can’t help but feel that both England and Scotland would be poorer for it out of the union.
Personally I think the English should have a say (even if not a formal vote) as we are two halves of the same relationship and it would be wrong for one to make a unilateral decision?Posted 6 years agodon simonMember
Personally I think the English should have a say (even if not a formal vote) as we are two halves of the same relationship and it would be wrong for one to make a unilateral decision?
Of course England has the right to express an opinion but also has the right to accept the decisions of others without interfering, so no right to vote on the matter.Posted 6 years ago
Last opinion polls I saw on the matter suggested that a majority of English voters would support Scottish Independence, while the majority of Scottish voters were still against it.
Wouldn’t it be even worse if the English were given a say, voted for it and it went through even though the majority of Scots were against it?
Also what about the Welsh and (Northern) Irish? Should they get a say?Posted 6 years agoPeyoteMember
Would the turn out to vote in England make it worthwhile? Not sure that many English folk have considered it or would. I suspect most are ambivalent. I can’t recall it ever being brought up by anyone other than the Scottish, which is fair enough really!
More to the point would it even have an effect on the English? What advatages does the Union bestow on us at a personal level?Posted 6 years ago
Looks like business is asking questions that maybe politicians should be asking?
You have to ask whether this has actually been thought through anyway?Posted 6 years agobinnersSubscriber
It was fun. Its not you, its me. We can still be friends though, can’t we? Even with you being so ambitious. Needing to move on. What, with your desires to be ‘a prosperous independent nation within the Eurozone’. You’re right. They’re all doing great at the moment. Or even as part of the ‘Arc of Prosperity’. I hear that’s all going swimmingly too right now.
Good luck with it all. Maybe see you around eh?
EnglandPosted 6 years ago
Think of it like a marriage. Once one partner has decided to call it a day, the relationship no longer functions.
Doesn’t work that way though, divorce massively affects both sides and has to be signed off by both parties IIRC (apart from exceptional circumstances) so you’d struggle to work that way.Posted 6 years agoElfinsafetyMember
As a citizen of the United Kingdom, I feel we should all have a say in something that affects our nation.
Mind you, tbh Scotland is a relatively minor consideration in the big scheme of things; there are 5 million people in Scotland. London’s metropolitan population is 14 million. London produces far more money than Scotland does.
On that basis, I don’t really see why UK taxpayers’ money should be wasted on what is ultimately quite a trivial matter for the whole of the UK.
Keep it as it is and stop moaning.Posted 6 years ago
coffeeking – Member
Doesn’t work that way though, divorce massively affects both sides and has to be signed off by both parties IIRC (apart from exceptional circumstances) so you’d struggle to work that way.
I’m not saying it doesn’t affect both sides, I’m saying that once one partner wants to leave, the marriage is effectively dead. You’re then just arguing over who has responsibility for the children and the cutlery 🙂Posted 6 years agoWaderiderMember
“I don’t see how the English (and Welsh?) could possibly not be asked in any referendum – we’re a union, all people’s opinions are important.”
This comment demonstrates why a good unbiased knowledge of history is required – in this case, a bit of research into how the union came about.Posted 6 years agoPeyoteMember
No borders, different currencies, significant differeces in laws.
What about national institutions such as the BBC?
Yeah, fair enough, but these are hardly big things are they? We’re used to differing currencies working with France and Ireland, we already have different laws. The majority of Voters aren’t going to notice these differences that much.
National institutions could be interesting. I suppose the BBC maybe renamed and split into three (although there already are significant regional programming differences and local TV). Although why is the BBC still the BBC and not UKTV? Maybe it won’t change then.
I can’t see many people being that fussed compared to other pressures in their lives.Posted 6 years ago
I’m not saying it doesn’t affect both sides, I’m saying that once one partner wants to leave, the marriage is effectively dead. You’re then just arguing over who has responsibility for the children and the cutlery
But marriage is a contract based around love. Joint union of two countries is just legal, nothing to do with love. If you lose love in a marriage you’re just in the legal union position. So if you want to argue about cutlery and split the finances, I have a feeling the woman will walk away with less unless she can prove she’s contributed more than 50:50 to the marriage.Posted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
What’s the point, we’ll eventually end up as part of a closely integrated EU anyway.
IMHO the UK works best as the sum of it’s constituent parts, the contribution by the Scots (and the Northern Irish and Welsh) to the economy and culture of Great Britain over the last 300 years is incalculable. To split the union now would be like throwing all of what’s been achieved since 1707 away.Posted 6 years agodavidrussellMember
I’d vote for an Independent London, preferably with a big wall around it
with Boris Johnson as PM…
I think before anyone can vote in a referendum on independence a lot of work needs to be done to understand the social and economic implications of such a split. i suspect the opinion polls just now reflect the nations desire to stay as is, because they have no idea what the outcome would be should we “go it alone”
In terms of answering the OP’s point i guess its the west lothian question in reverse. I can’t foresee a situation though where Westminster holds a referendum to boot Scotland out of the Big Brother house….Posted 6 years agodavidrussellMember
“Yes, we English should have a vote, but not until the Scots have voted (to stay) – then we can decide whether we actually want them.”
We’ll go if its the will of the people and i hope they would base that on whether it would be good for us. It would be foolhardy to go without knowing all the facts, especially if we would be worse off.
your forebears spent several hundred years trying to force English rule on us so you dont get rid of us that easily.
smiley 🙂 (naturally)Posted 6 years agowoody74Subscriber
It’s not should the English have a vote, it should be everyone in Britain has a vote as it is breaking up of the Union. Granted as many have said it is like a divorce but at least the rest of the country should be able to express their opinion especially as it is such a massive historical change. On a slightly different subject, how come there is no english parliament. Should there not be 4 countries, 4 parliaments and one parliament for GB. Maybe a change to the so called constitution to balance the powers of the county as a whole would stop it breaking up. Personally I don’t think Scottish independence will be voted for as like the AV vote people in the UK don’t like changePosted 6 years agoJunkyardMember
stupid questions is it the very same people who moan about the west Lothian issue who now want a say in Scotland ?
To not mention the other members of the Union just shows the mentality of the English.
Whatever the engerlanders think they wont get a sayPosted 6 years ago
Binners beautiful workhelsMember
Hmm – depends on the question I reckon.
If the referendum question is phrased “Do the people of Scotland want to cede from the Union ?” Mebbes Aye/Mebbes No.
Which clearly would not be asked of all of UK.
If the question was “Do the people of the United Kingdom want Scotland to cede from the Union ?” Aye go on/I should jolly well think so chaps/that would be an ecumenical matter.
Then of course it needs to go out all over these islands.
(Factoid I found out the other day, there are 24 million Texans. Compare that to 4 million Scots, 3.5 million Kiwis)
I think if Scotland cedes we should look to joining forces with somebody bigger and cooler than England and Wales. How about Quebec ?? Or even Texas, better weather and some well good hats, NASCAR etc.Posted 6 years agowoody74Subscriber
Granted to have a full federal system there would need to be a nation wide vote but can’t really see the NI, Welsh, Scottish apposing it as they would get more powers and we wouldn’t get the current situation where all that parliament bangs on about is english issues. The other nations must get sick to death of watching the news about some new NHS or education story when at the end they say this only effect england. It would also mean that an english parliament would have the time to debate english issues. We just seem to have a bonkers setup at the moment but as we are british we can never change anything as that would be “unprecedented” and a change to this so called constitution that we have, but that we don’t actually have written down.Posted 6 years ago
Good points the real issue is the democratic deficit in England!
I’d vote for an Independent London, preferably with a big wall around it
Yep, then we can fill the bugger full of water to make a massive resevoir! Will stop these southern softies stealing all our water!
I’m all for a parliment of the North (England)! Hadrians wall MkII about stoke level?Posted 6 years ago
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