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Scottish independence? Part II

Posted by Matt Walker on September 4, 2009

greatkilt I commented yesterday about the SNP proposal to offer Scottish people a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. How have we reached this particular juncture?

Scotland has it’s own First Minister, government and parliament. These were created in 1999 by the Labour Government in a process known as devolution. This is where powers from central government and the Westminster Parliament were transferred to Scotland. The general idea was to allow Scotland to have more say about how their country is run, after years of being rather unhappy about decisions made far away in London. The Labour Government hoped that this would keep Scotland happy and prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom.

In the 2007  elections, the Scottish National Party (SNP) became the biggest party in the Scottish Parliament, with Alex Salmond becoming First Minister.  The SNP are committed to achieving full Scottish independence, and they now want to achieve this by offering the Scottish people a vote  in a referendum. This is something the Conservative Party warned would happen when Labour promised devolution at the 1997 general election.

Follow the links below for more information.

A decade of devolution (article)

Scottish devolution ten years on (video)

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