Are Scotland and England headed for a split?
A lot of Scots think being part of Great Britain isn’t so great. The leader of the Scottish National Party, Alex Salmond, said Tuesday that they’ll get their chance to vote on the question in 2014. It’s 1,000 days to decide their future, trumpeted The Scotsman.
Not so fast, says British prime minister David Cameron. His government said that the United Kingdom gets to decide when – and whether – a portion of the nation can vote on secession.
The date matters – polls show a minority of Scots want independence. Salmond needs time to rally support, and 2014 looks like a year when national feelings will run high in Scotland, in part because it will be the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Scotland won independence from England. But Cameron says waiting more than two years will create too much uncertainty for businesses.
Expect a good squabble amongst the lawyers. But it looks like a vote will happen, whether on Edinburgh’s terms or London’s.
The timeline of tension between Scotland and England runs back nearly a millenium.