By Michael Keating
After 300 years, the Anglo-Scottish Union is in critical trouble. this isn't due to a profound cultural divide among England and Scotland yet simply because fresh a long time have obvious the rebuilding of Scotland as a political neighborhood whereas the ideology and practices of the outdated unionism have atrophied. but whereas Britishness is in decline, it has now not been changed via a dominant ideology of Scottish independence. particularly Scots want to renegotiate union to discover a brand new position within the Isles, in Europe, and on the planet.
There are few criminal, constitutional or political stumbling blocks to Scottish independence, yet an autonomous Scotland would have to forge a brand new social and monetary undertaking as a small kingdom within the worldwide market-place, and there was little critical considering the consequences of this. wanting independence, there's a variety of constitutional techniques for renegotiating the Union to permit extra Scottish self-government at the traces that public opinion turns out to prefer. the boundaries are posed no longer by way of constitutional rules yet via the unwillingness of English opinion to desert their unitary perception of the nation. the tip of the uk could be provoked, no longer by means of Scottish nationalism, yet by means of English unionism.
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