Updated: September 17, 2014 6:17:08 pm
Scotland is just a few hours away from the historic referendum which could break it away from the Great Britain after being in union for 309 years. The referendum is not something that has cropped up in a year or two but there has been a lot of factors that led to this plebiscite.
England’s decision to wage unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, introduction of a London-centric weather map, and its involvement in nuclear race which a majority in Scotland opposed, are among the factors that gave Scots enough reason to break away from the United Kingdom.
Did England show indifference to Scotland’s anger? The overconfidence of the British Prime Minister David Cameron on the union of the United Kingdom and thus acceding for the referendum, is now giving him sleepless night. Or what else could be the reason for the desperation in his voice when he made an emotional speech on Monday in Scotland urging people to vote ‘No’ in Thursday’s referendum?
If the recent opinion polls are to be believed, then ‘YES for independence vote’ is on the rise. The anxiety among the ‘Better Together ‘No’ campaign’ is also stemming from the fact that any side can win if they get 50%+1 cast vote.
Till a month back, the ‘No’ side poll counting was leading but recent results have shown ‘Yes’ campaign giving ‘No’ side a run for their money.
No doubt, Thursday’s referendum is going to be a neck-and-neck competition as both the sides are not leaving any stones unturned to get the ball in their court. In his last ditch effort the British PM has promised more devolution to Scotland in case of voting for ‘No’, whereas the Scotland first minister Alex Salmond says ‘Scotland is better off without England.’
In case the ‘Yes pro-independence’ group wins the poll and rest of the UK opposes its EU membership then Scotland would have tough time getting the entry and security from EU and NATO, which it has been enjoying till now.
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