“Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on.” These were the words Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on 1st January 2021, just a few hours after Brexit had finally detached the United Kingdom as a whole from the European Union. Is there more to come? – In the 2016 referendum on Brexit, 62% of the Scots voted to remain in the EU, but could not transfer their convictions to the rest of the country. Since then, polls have shown a steady increase in support for independence. Does that mean the 300-years-old Anglo-Scottish union is at stake? Is independence for Scotland more likely than ever, as many argue?
Sir Graham Watson, born in Scotland, former President of the European liberal ALDE Party (2011 – 2015) and leader of the Liberal Democratic Group in the European Parliament from 2002 until 2009, offers a fascinating overview of 1000 years of Scottish history and warns of the consequences of rushing to independence, the consequences of which would be unpredictable for most Scots. Enjoy this impressive talk under this link.