Scottish independence http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20696/all en Break up of United Kingdom a real possibility http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/break-united-kingdom-real-possibility Britain's top civil servant acknowledges Scotland may leave the union in a few years<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/break-united-kingdom-real-possibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Regions Scottish independence Scottish Nationalist Party Sir Gus O'Donnell United Kingdom Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 22 Dec 2011 16:23:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5684940 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish independence: Cameron steps in http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British Prime Minister raises the stakes by demanding Scots hold independence referendum within 18 months. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> In the first stage of a game of call my bluff, David Cameron announced yesterday that a referendum on Scottish independence should be held within 18 months.</p> <p> The Scottish National Party took over Scotland&#39;s devolved parliament after winning a sizeable majority in the elections of May 2010. The main plank in the party&#39;s platform was its pledge to offer Scots a referendum on whether to remain in the United Kingdom.&nbsp;</p> <p> SNP leader Alex Salmond wanted to hold that referendum in 2014 on the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce&#39;s victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn - they are obsessed by history everywhere on this island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bannockburn David Cameron England Home Regions Robert the Bruce Scotland Scottish independence United Kingdom Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:55:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686494 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish Independence, pt. 3 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> War of words between London and Edinburgh over Scotland's future heats up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As I&#39;ve mentioned previously, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/break-united-kingdom-real-possibility">Scottish independence</a> is both a possibility and increasingly an opportunity for <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-cameron-steps">political game playing</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Britain Czechoslovakia David Cameron England Home Regions Scotland Scottish independence United Kingdom Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:31:09 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686911 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish Independence, pt. 4 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interesting perspectives on confederations and the meaning of modern nation-hood </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> No shots will be fired, the only blood that will be spilled is metaphorical, so for those who like history, political science and speculating on the role of government it is interesting (and physically safe) to look closely at the drive for Scottish independence.</p> <p> Simon Jenkins, a man who sits at the top table of Britain&#39;s establishment despite his Celtic origins, has some very interesting ideas in his Guardian <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/12/david-cameron-scottish-referendum">column</a>:</p> <p> &quot;Britain went to war to break up the Yugoslav union,&quot; he chides those who fear Scottish independence.&nbsp; &quot;Many Britons yearn for the break-up of the European one. Why do they fight to sustain the United Kingdom as it manifestly crumbles?&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Cameron Home King George the Third Regions Scottish independence Simon Jenkins Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:35:48 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5687322 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish Independence, pt. 5: Burns night politics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-5-burns-night-politics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scottish Government begins consultation on independence referendum without asking Parliament's permission </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Scotland&#39;s First Minister Alex Salmond chose Burns Night, the national celebration of Scotland&#39;s greatest poet, to publish a <a href="http://www.scotreferendum.com/consultation/">consultation paper</a>, &quot;Your Scotland, Your Referendum,&quot; which is the first step of the legislative process that will lead, ultimately to a vote in autumn 2014 on Scottish independence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/scottish-independence-pt-5-burns-night-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burns Night David Cameron Home Regions Robert Burns Scotland Scottish independence Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:56:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5688900 at http://www.globalpost.com Independence vote divides Scotland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/121018/independence-vote-divides-scotland-england <p>GLASGOW &mdash; When Scottish nationalists this week secured a deal to hold a referendum on independence from Britain, they were trading heavily on their country&rsquo;s historical and cultural identity. But despite their enthusiasm, it appears appeals to history and culture won&rsquo;t be enough to win independence. Polls indicate most Scots are reluctant to sever ties with London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/121018/independence-vote-divides-scotland-england" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scottish independence World Leaders Diplomacy Europe Politics United Kingdom Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:21:07 +0000 Barry Neild 5723028 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland, please don’t go http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140404/uk-scotland-england-referendum-britain <p>LONDON &mdash;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">Since Scotland&#39;s planned referendum on leaving the UK was announced a year ago, unionists have consoled themselves with poll numbers that have consistently shown independence supporters to be in the minority. Now</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;support for independence has surged to its highest level, coming within reach of success for the first time.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140404/uk-scotland-england-referendum-britain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scottish independence Want to Know Politics United Kingdom Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:02:38 +0000 Corinne Purtill 6113610 at http://www.globalpost.com UK charity calls J.K. Rowling a b***h for donating to oppose Scottish independence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140611/uk-charity-calls-jk-rowling-bh-donating-oppose-sc <p>Scotland is only three months out from a referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom. J.K. Rowling&#39;s anti-independence stance is drawing fire because it came attached to a fat check.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140611/uk-charity-calls-jk-rowling-bh-donating-oppose-sc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scottish independence Want to Know United Kingdom Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:28:55 +0000 Jess Zimmerman 6173479 at http://www.globalpost.com 60 Seconds on Earth: The battle of Bannockburn, the original Scottish independence referendum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140708/60-seconds-earth-battle-bannockburn-scottish-independence <p>BANNOCKBURN, Scotland &mdash; This fall, Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent nation. The Scottish government characterizes the Sept. 18 referendum as a &quot;once-in-a-generation opportunity&quot; to break from the UK.</p> <p>It&#39;s a question Scots have considered for many generations, however. The landmark victory in the first war for independence, 700 years ago, was won against England at the battle of Bannockburn. Re-enactments are annual celebrations here, but with the referendum debate gathering pace this year, organizers of the iconic anniversary were keen to avoid any overt political connotations to the commemorations. The patriotism, though, was undeniable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/140708/60-seconds-earth-battle-bannockburn-scottish-independence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Scottish independence Want to Know Politics United Kingdom Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:37:00 +0000 Greg Brosnan 6199403 at http://www.globalpost.com