Scottish Independence? Part I
Posted by Matt Walker on September 3, 2009
The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, today laid out his plan to achieve Scottish independence, promising to hold a referendum in 2010. A referendum is a form of direct democracy. This is where a particular decision is made if a majority of people support it in a special one-off vote. This contrasts with most decisions, which are made by either a parliament or a government.
If the Scottish people were to vote ‘Yes’ to Scottish independence in such a referendum, this would mean the end of the English-Scottish union which dates back to 1706. However, the Scottish Parliament would have to agree to such a referendum, and unfortunately for Mr Salmond’s Scottish National Party (SNP), they do not have a majority of MSPs in the Parliament.
There are quite a few issues involved here, so I shall post a few entries explaining these over the next few days. In the meantime, have a look at the BBC article.