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Scottish Government Vows To Secede From The Failing UK By 2014!

As Scots eye a diminished UK, separatists across Europe wonder if they can make Italy, Spain and Belgium forgotten nations.






Paul AmesJanuary 12, 2012 17:35




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A view of a derelict
cottage with free Scotland graffiti written on the gable end wall on
January 10, 2012 in Bannockburn, Scotland. The Scottish First Minister
has indicated that the Scottish National Party plans to hold its
referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 on the 700th anniversary of
the Battle of Bannockburn. Prime Minister David Cameron and his
coalition government, wants the vote on the referendum to be held sooner
rather than later. (Jeff J Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images)




BRUSSELS, Belgium — A hefty volume called “Vanished Kingdoms,” has been one of this season’s literary successes in Europe.

The book, by British historian Norman Davies, tells the story of states
that no longer exist, but thatwere once major players in the history of
Europe; places like Aragon, Prussia, Savoy or Burgundy. It’s easy to
see why Davies’ supposition — that the glory of states and empires — is
essentially transient is resonating among citizens of today’s Europe.

Wheels were put in motion this week to give Scottish citizens the
chance to vote on independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland by the fall of 2014.

Separatists around Europe will be looking at the Scottish example and
wondering if they can add the likes of Italy, Spain and Belgium to the
list of Europe’s forgotten nations.

Scotland’s elected First Minister Alex Salmond plans a referendum to
reverse the 1707 Act of Union with England. He calls the upcoming vote,
“the most important decision for Scotland in 300 years.”

His Scottish Nationalist Party is the biggest in the Scottish
Parliament, winning 45 percent in elections last year on a campaign
ticket that included a pledge to hold the independence vote.

Across the North Sea, the New Flemish Alliance wants independence for
the prosperous, Dutch-speaking north of Belgium; it emerged as the
country’s biggest party in 2010.

The Northern League, which once campaigned to divide Italy, is the
third largest party in Rome’s Chamber of Deputies, while nationalist
parties dominate parliaments in the Catalonia and Basque regions of
Spain.

The regional president of Madeira Island threatened last year to break
away from Portugal and tensions have grown between the Danish government
and independence-minded authorities in the north Atlantic Faroe
Islands.
















So is Europe poised to get a bunch of new nations? Don’t hold your breath.

Despite the nationalists’ electoral success, a poll published Thursday
showed only a third of Scots want to end British rule, with 53 percent
opposed. However secessionist sentiment is on the rise, hence British
Prime Minister David Cameron’s bid to pre-empt the nationalists by
seeking to call the referendum much earlier than their preferred 2014
date.

In Belgium too, polls suggest much support for Flemish separatists is
linked more to dissatisfaction with mainstream politicians than a
burning desire to break from French-speaking Wallonia. Much may depend
on the performance of the recently appointed Prime Minister Elio di Rupo
– the first French-speaker to hold the post since the 1970s.

Separatism has actually been on the wane recently in Spain and Italy
and voters focus on the countries’ economic woes. However if Scotland
successfully takes the high road away from Britain, many in Catalonia,
the Basque Country and northern Italy’s Padania may well want to follow.


Added: Jan-12-2012 Occurred On: Jan-12-2012
By: thinkslaughter
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Tags: scotland, secede, split, uk, 2014, rats, jump, from, sinking, ship
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  • Long time overdue

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  • This would be a tragedy. Personally I love Scotland. I love the countryside and I've always enjoyed the people. Unfortunately a countries negotiating position in the world depends on strength and neither the remainder of Britain (England and Wales), nor Scotland will be better off by dividing their influence. Together we are greater than the sum or our parts.
    The only part I don't understand is what drives the separatists other than some ill thought out belief that they will somehow be more comp More..

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  • It will be a sad day if the Jocks decide to spilt up the Union, but I will respect and support their decision.

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  • i hope so we dont care just go now please and take your skirts with ya

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  • Why wait till 2014.

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  • It's not the English that are the problem, it's the "British" government. They shaft us all. If Scotland gains independence then so should England. I fucking hate politicians.

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  • good riddance.

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  • good ... saw Scotland off the top of England ... tow it out to sea and sink it

    wankers have been sponging off us for ever

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  • its a sham that a handfull off scotish people can vote on english laws and hold us back, shocking!!!!!!

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  • Well, the Stone's back. Why not the country?

    Relatives of mine living in Canada believe that if all of Canada had been able to vote on Quebec's secession some years ago, it would have passed.

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  • Oooh... here we go again. Another 500 years of war or will the Brits finally be reasonable and let them go?

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  • I'm of Scot decent (1830's to New Brunswick,Canada) and am proud of my heritage, but I do not understand what Scotland can gain from independence from the UK.
    Reminds me of our Quebec separtist movement, which now has taken a backseat and may even be mostly dead in our country...
    Maybe the Scots forsee the eminent downfall of the UK ??

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  • Have fun with the euro...

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  • Thatcher broke the union contract by imposing poll tax in Scotland.
    yes we deserve our own rule.
    the United Kingdoms of Great Britain has run its course because of the corrupt polititians they have destroyed everything our country built and stood for.
    together we built an empire that will never be matched.

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  • Go ahead and secede, I can't promise that you will be better or worse off in the long run. But last time I was in London I saw osama bin laden walking the streets, carrying a baby. Anything has to be better than that.

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    • @MB-UK

      I'm still trying to figure out why, basically an island, has taken on so many immigrants.
      Atleast in America we could shove them into some shit piece of land that no one goes to. But in the UK? I don't get it.
      Limited resources, limited land, limited jobs. I'm not saying that the US streets are paved with gold, but I really have no idea what the fuck your government is thinking.

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    • @MB-UK

      Besides my bi-weekly or 'fortnight', drunken ventures over to London, I really have no idea about your politics.
      And I felt like a god damn minority in some places. My ancestry is English and Welsh. Although, I've been wrongly called a Canadian about 7 times now, despite my Texas talk.

      But is it really the Scots to blame?

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    • @HR_Shovenstuff Fuck me didnt i see muslims blocking road off in paris to say prayer?Some cities in france are fucking muslim marjority.lol

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  • The Basque and Catalonia regions are already pretty much independent from the rest of Spain. The Basque people don't speak spanish, but have their very own language. And Catalonia has its own statute of autonomy.

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  • The SNP are shitting their pants,they know if there was a vote on independance tomorrow they would lose.UK tax payers are more than a little pissed at the moment,every scot, is being subsidised several thousand pounds a year,by uk tax payers.They voted themselves free medical precriptions,free university education,free elderly home care.Every Brit is fucking paying for it!They already have their own Scottish parliment.wich cost the UK hundreds of millions,BTW they can vote in our parliment.but w More..

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    • @drivenwell2 who subs who ? 2010-2011 Scotland paid 60 billion in corporation tax. we get 18 billion to run our country a year. we also pay. p.a.y.e. income tax savings tax and v.a.t.

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    • @weadone Theres only six million of you,how many are tax payers?2 million.That works out that every tax payer would have to pay 18000!correct me if iam wrong.

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    • @drivenwell2 how many non tax payers in jolly old england?
      lets look at the offset Im not being rude but just throwing a fact at you.
      your govt is as shit as mine.

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    • @drivenwell2 eh our corporate tax pays for our country 3 times over.

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    • @weadone Iam gonna take a guess here,and presume your talking oil company tax?They are the only big companies in Scotland that woud pay them kind of taxes.Unfortunatly i cant see the British goverment,or british companies rolling over that easy for the SNP.lol

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  • When it comes to it, they will not vote majority to go it alone...

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  • Galicia could join his brother Portugal anytime!

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  • Saor ALBA! Nice one my fellow celts! Ireland is next to kick the brits out and get our country back!

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