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Scottish Independence? Part I

Posted by Matt Walker on September 3, 2009

PD*19028713 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.


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