Now that British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun the process that will conclude in her country’s exit from the European Union, Danziger notes that the Scots are again contemplating their own exit from the United Kingdom — a turn of the caber that London won’t applaud.
There has as yet been no Brexit, and there will not be—because there is no such entity as “Britain.” There could, however, be a U.K. exit. But those who insist that a 52-48 vote is good enough to take the entire U.K. out of the EU would trigger a serious crisis of legitimacy.
“What’s going to happen with the UK is that there are going to be deeply damaging and painful consequences… I want to try and protect Scotland from that,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
It was only in the last 24 hours before the Brexit vote that it began to hit home just how massive, and maybe insane, it would be if the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.
Trump said he would let his children and financial advisers run his businesses if he wins the election, but would not walk away from his operations before that. He said the campaign had not been used to build his brand, but had in fact put it at risk because politics is so polarizing.
“As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable,” Sturgeon told a news conference in Edinburgh.
“People want to take their country back. They want to have independence in a sense. You see it with Europe, all over Europe,” said Trump, 70, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
But even before his political run, many in Scotland had issues with Trump. He angered politicians fighting a windmill farm in 2012 because he didn’t want it near his resort.
“I would say: ‘Hi Donald, we’re Muslims, welcome to our mosque! Do you still see Muslims as a threat to Western civilizations?'” he said.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.
Cameron earlier hailed the “sweetest victory” of his political career, with the win giving the Conservatives around 330 seats and a clear mandate for another five years in office.
The British election results Thursday night took even the seasoned by surprise. A race that was supposed to be tighter than a bearskin hatband and even potentially set off a parliamentary crisis turned out to be a romp for David Cameron’s Conservatives.
The pro-independence Scottish National Party was set for a historic victory in Britain’s general election, according to an exit poll on Thursday that showed them winning 58 out of 59 seats in Scotland.
The division between Scotland’s two main political parties has resurfaced as the Nationalist Party seeks to sweep the national elections this Thursday.
Edinburgh (AFP) — Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scrambled for votes on Wednesday on the eve of a knife-edge referendum that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers with greater autonomy. The “Yes” and “No” camps mobilized thousands of volunteers to hand out leaflets and hold […]
London (AFP) — The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties announced a last-minute trip to Scotland on Tuesday to boost the campaign against independence after a surge in separatist support ahead of next week’s referendum. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband agreed to skip their weekly debate in the […]
By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — Escalating the fight against secession, the British government warned Thursday that Scotland would lose the right to continue using the pound as its currency if voters there say yes to a historic referendum on independence this fall. “The pound isn’t an asset to be divided up between two […]