On September 18th, 2014, Scotland finally voted on the issue of seceding from the United Kingdom. This vote was preceded by a huge amount of press and controversy due to the fact that this has been a long lasting issue between the countries. Tension was rising as a poll showed that 51% of Scotland wanted to secede, causing for Prime Minister David Cameron to urge the people of Scotland to do the contrary. He promised them more independence and self- governing if they remained in the union and the struggle for secession made it the headline for many days, overshadowing the conflict in Ukraine, and the chaos caused by ISIS. The pros and cons were debated and discussed on major news networks and political comedy shows such as The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and The Colbert Report. Many prominent questions emerged as a result of this vote such as: where would The United Kingdom store its nuclear arsenal? Will Scotland be able to survive as an independent nation? Currently, the United Kingdom receives a large amount of its oil from the coast of Scotland. However, with the division of the two countries, would the UK be able to cope with this loss? Additionally, would Scotland be allowed to use the pound as its national currency? Since this issue has been brought to the public eye, many campaigns emerged such as Yes Scotland, which supported the split, and Better Together, which supported the union to remain intact. However, this was all put to rest on September 18th, when Scotland decided to stay in the union with a vote of 55% to 45%
Now the question arises, how will Scotland recover from the secession? In Glasgow, a pro-union rally turned violent where fights broke out and vandalism occurred. This referendum definitely allowed a great hope and a burning passion for independence to grow, yet this passion will not go away for a long time. Many secessionists are conflicted, and many are frustrated. More political turmoil is about to follow. This referendum allowed a centuries old hatred to become prominent, and if this had not happened it would have eventually gone away. Additionally, this referendum reminded the people of Scotland, and the world, how bitter the ties are between them and the United Kingdom and are just worsening. For now, we can only wait to see what will follow with the conflicts between the UK and Scotland. The citizens of both countries and the world should expect to see many politicians push for secession in the future, and expect to see this become a central topic in the campaign of many.
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