Scotland’s EU Membership Conundrum

The debate on whether or not Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom has been sparked off again after a referendum on European Union membership resulted in a resounding No, vote, triggering Brexit.

Only one year ago, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron campaigned strongly in the first Scottish independence vote, which resulted in Scotland remaining part of the UK. Fast forward one year and Mr Cameron stake20140915b0scotland.a4f55d his future on another referendum to ask the British people whether they wanted to remain part of the EU or leave. A massive information campaign was mobilized and bloggers, writers, campaigners and many others made use of sites to ensure that multiple IP addresses promulgated vast amounts of internet return searches. It was a veritable minefield and because the British press was so skewed in its opinions, many people took to the internet to search for information.

More often than not, they found the same answers by the same people – usually very prominent figures in the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps. While many English people voted to leave the EU, many Scots wanted to stay. The European Union said it was out of the question for Scotland to remain part of the bloc given the result and that the only way back into the club was if it secured independence from Great Britain and reapplied as a sovereign state.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that she will follow in the footsteps of her predecessor Alex Salmond to pursue independence once more and for Scotland to apply for EU membership as a fully-fledged state in its own right.

This could lead to a trade dispute with Britain, where most of Scottish exports go. It will also damage diplomatic ties with the larger neighbor from the South, but many Scots believe that the rewards of EU membership far outweigh the disadvantages and potential spats with England.