EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Anger at the Conservative/Tory Dominated British Parliament (an anger that goes back to Maggie Thatcher’s Days), a culture that is as much Scandinavian as it is English, AND the lack of creative alternatives (such as a Canada-like federation) have created a situation which could chop away 1/3 of the UK, change NATO and the EU, and mark another degradation of the once glorious Empire over which the sun never set.
Scots hold the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.
The question on the ballot paper is simplicity itself: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Yet it has divided Scots during months of campaigning, and polls suggest the result is too close to call.
A final Ipsos MORI poll released Thursday put support for the No side at 53 percent and Yes at 47 percent. The phone survey of 991 people has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
For a slightly humorous overview….
More at this excellent story exploring the deeper causes and likely impact of a separation.