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Don’t Break Up Britain 27 November 2006

Posted by David in Europe.

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A new poll for the Sunday Telegraph shows 52% of Scots support full Scottish independence. Strangely, 59% of the English support Scottish independence, but only 48% want English independence. Surely both are roughly the same? I have a few bones with this poll however. Its findings differ greatly from others, as the questions were different. The YouGov Telegraph poll last week put support for independence on 32%, having asked a more detailed question offering “independence within the EU” (current SNP policy).

However my polling annoyances are not the reason for this post. The reason for this post is my belief in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, particularly Great Britain. We are an island, and what better geographical form could there be for a single nation state?

If we were divided, suddenly we would have land borders. Would we guard them, causing travel chaos, or accept the EU’s Schengen Agreement and hand over our border controls to Brussels? Would we insist on having visas to work, or allow free movement of people? But Scotland would have an easier immigration policy to halt a decling population, these new arrivals could then go anywhere.

Would we break up our Army? Will we split up our territorial waters? Would we split the Pound or have a monetary union? What if one joined the Euro? Will we hand more power to the EU as it seems easier. In such a messy divorce, the EU will be the lawyer – the only winner in divorces. Regionalisation has been EU policy for years, don’t let them break up Britain.



1. the record keeper - 28 November 2006

Well, if it’s their desire who are the English to avoid it? It’s well known in Europe that the Scottish want to be independent. Well, maybe it’s time to stop talking and start acting. But this is for themselves to chose.

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3. blogger - 28 November 2006

Sepperatist movements are always hard to deal with because not everyone wants to sepperate. This poll is making news because this poll puts support over-50% however other polls put it at around 30%, which is fairly static. Independence support is far higher, say, in Catelonia or Basque regions of Spain.

England and Scotland have been in union for nearly 300 years, with a joint monarch for far longer, and have achieved so much together. With millions of joint Anglo-Scottish families, businesses and other links (such as a mainly Scottish cabinet in Westminster and millions of journeys across the border) its hard to imagine sepperation. Even the Scottish Nationalist Party only envisage independence ‘within the EU’, a very unpopular and unpatriotic notion.

I for one hope our union remains.

4. Barry - 17 December 2006

I agree. Yes, there are a few cultural differences between the various parts of the United Kingdom but we have more in common than where we differ. I live in England and most of my ancestors were English (to my knowledge) but I did have a Welsh great grandfather and therefore I normally consider myself to be both British and English. Who says that identities always have to be either or and can’t be both?

We are so much stronger together. Scotland has contributed out of all proportion to its size to Great Britain and they should be proud of that. Would the British Army be the feared and respected army that it is without soldiers from ‘North of the Border’? I doubt it.

Perhaps, if Britain withdrew from the EU people would then realise more how much we depend upon each other and a new sense of British solidarity would emerge again?

5. blogger - 17 December 2006

“Perhaps, if Britain withdrew from the EU people would then realise more how much we depend upon each other and a new sense of British solidarity would emerge again?”

I certainly hope so. Together as Britain we have achieved so much.

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