Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Britain's New Prime Minister, Brexit, and Scottish Independence

ח׳ לחודש הרביעי תשע״ו

After the recent Brexit referendum, in which the majority of the British public expressed the opinion to leave the European Union [EU], the sitting Prime Minister of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" [UK],

"Great Britain" is made up of England, Scotland, and Wales. Scotland has already held one referendum for independence from the UK. It has been theorized that its majority "NO" vote on Brexit may be used to initiate another referendum on Scottish independence.

Of course, speculation has also been made as whether the Brexit referendum will be acted on in the first place.

The newly sworn-in Prime Minister Theresa May appears to answer these questions, or at least relays her objections regarding these questions, as of today.

Prime Minister May made a point of reminding, if not educating, the British People as to the full title of the current government's ruling party
"...the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party. And that word 'unionist' is very important to me. It means we believe in The Union,...the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland." (00:50)
She later addressed the next question.
"Following the Referendum, we face a time of great national change. And I know, because we're Great Britain, that we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge, forge a bold, new, positive, role for ourselves in the world. And we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for everyone of us. That will be the mission of the government I lead. And together, we will build a better Britain. (03:45)
Only time will tell if Scotland remains according to the Prime Minister's apparent wishes, and if the UK does, indeed, leave the EU.

Just one more thing, if the Scottish people believe that they can be be independent, by leaving the UK, and remaining in the EU (or returning to it, as the case may be), then the wool has truly been successfully pulled over their eyes.

I believe that either way, the powers that be have seen this coming, and will use nationalism against itself, Scottish, British, Catalonian, what have you.

1 comment:

Outlining said...

There is a great economic analysis by Hoppe (found linked thru here):