Shetland councillor discusses independence from Scotland
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The SNP leader has said she intends to hold another independence referendum if her party wins a majority in the parliamentary election.But as the chances of the nationalist party securing more than 65 seats hangs in the balance, an economics expert has warned of the possible grim consequences for Britons across the country.
David Blake, professor of economics at City University in London, said people across the UK should brace themselves for a “nasty” campaign built on the SNP’s unrelenting desire to break up the centuries-old Union.
He told Express.co.uk: “One way or the other, this is going to be divisive.
“And if we thought the Brexit negotiations were nasty, this is going to be a lot nastier.”
He added: “If you have Scottish independence, there will be Welsh independence and Northern Ireland is very close to having a majority in favour of a union with Ireland.
“Everyone says within 10 years there will be a voting majority in favour.
“If you’ve got that within 10 years, the Welsh nationalists, Plaid, are saying that we’re 10 years behind Scotland.”
He also predicted nationalistic sentiment in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could fuel similar feelings in Cornwall.
Cornish nationalism stems from campaigners’ claims that the county’s Celtic cultural identity is different from that of England.
Supporters of the cause want the region to be afforded a degree of devolution or autonomy in the form of a Cornish national assembly.
Prof Blake said if nationalists on all sides of England were throwing around arguments it would likely lead to a wider gap in the north-south divide.
The gulf dates back to the industrial revolution in Britain between 1750 and 1840.
He explained: “So, Cornwall wants independence, the North…. what you’ll then get it a big dispute between the north of England and the south of England.
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“So you could see that this country could unravel quite quickly.”
He warned Ms Sturgeon and her SNP colleagues are prepared to be brutal in their ambitions to become the party to take Scotland out of the Union – and will stop at nothing to realise their dream.
He added: “They want independence at any price.
“They’ve got a grievance against the English, against the British government.”
As the counting of votes continued on Saturday morning, George Eustice said granting Scots another vote on independence would be “irresponsible”.
The environment secretary said Times Radio: “We think this is a complete distraction.
“It would be irresponsible to have another divisive referendum and another bout of constitutional debate at a time when we are charting our way out of this pandemic and when we’ve got to really focus on economic recovery.
“We think it’s completely the wrong thing to be doing.
“We had a referendum just a little over five years ago and that settled the issue.”
In September 2014, 55 percent of Scots voted to remain in the UK.
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