(SCOTLAND, U.K.) — Scotland recently held a vote to decide whether or not the country should secede from the United Kingdom, which is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Scotland voted to stay a part of the U.K. with a vote of 55 to 45 percent, according to CNN.
Scotland has been part of the U.K. for 307 years, joining due to financial issues. The country joined the British Parliament in 1999, for the first time since their joining with England, and is starting to gain power in the U.K. According to BBC News, power was one of the reasons that Scotland was considering seceding; they did not feel that they were getting enough weight in votes in England’s Parliament.
Scotland enthusiast Religion III Teacher Robert Simpson supported the movement to secede.
“I am generally for any peoples that seek to determine their own future. Self governance in a ‘Democratic’ style is an American ideal, and not all cultures jibe well with it,” Simpson said. “My personal desire was for a free Scotland because, you know, ‘Braveheart.’ Really, I was in favor because the population/political demographics of the U.K. is such that in every issue, the southeast region alone (around London) can outvote the whole of Scotland several times over. All of England can outvote Scotland near ten times over. That alone can leave Scotland voiceless in a way. However, the Scottish parliament has been promised a ‘stronger voice’ in U.K. Affairs. In specific issues the like oil (Scotland produces most of the U.K. oil), England consumes it and the revenue.”
Simpson states that he was disappointed in the results of the vote.
“If it is the desire of Scotland to remain British because they identify themselves as such, then so be it. But if it was a result of fear, fear of what might happen if they are not British, then that is a shame they weren’t willing to risk a lot to gain much more,” Simpson said.
Had the vote been successful, there would have been a number of economic consequences, according to Economics and Marketing Teacher Brian Logarbo.
“A lot would have or could have gone wrong,” Logarbo said. “Scotland’s problems would have started with their infrastructure. Everything that they had was through Britain. It would have cost (Scotland) about 200 billion dollars, and they don’t have that.”
According to Logarbo, the problems wouldn’t have ended there, but would have affected almost every aspect of the lives of the Scottish people, as well as affecting other areas of the globe.
“They would have had to come up with military defense, but they could not have done that because they just spent all their money on the infrastructure. They would have had no money, no trade agreements. It would not have been a good scene. They were doomed to fail,” Logarbo said. “The rest of the U.K. might not have wanted the U.S. to trade with Scotland, and it could have caused even more problems.”
Overall, Logarbo agreed with the vote to remain a part of the U.K.
“Scotland got what they wanted. They got the attention of England, and they will have more autonomy,” Logarbo said.