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Questions relating to the politics of Scotland, a constituent country within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Will the DUP agree to a Northern Ireland Referendum?

I heard it proposed by Michael Portillo (BBC This Week 13/6/19), that a Johnson government might solve the Irish conundrum by holding a referendum in Northern Ireland, which voted by a majority to ...
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Independent, post-Brexit Scotland - would there be a hard border with England? [closed]

Suppose Brexit happens, and the UK leaves the EU without a customs union. Scotland then has a 2nd independence referendum on the basis that they voted heavily to stay within the EU, and Scotland ends ...
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Why is the SNP putting so much emphasis on currency plans?

The SNP (Scottish National Party) have made a big thing during their conference this weekend about their plans for their currency should they gain independence from the UK. However, their current key ...
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Was there an OSCE mission observing the Scottish independence referendum?

Even though the United Kingdom is an established democracy, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) did observe for instance the 2017 general election. There's both a "needs ...
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How many local recounts were conducted in the Scottish independence referendum?

A 2014 article in the Telegraph noted that The chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum has confirmed there can be no national recount even if the result is close. But ...
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What could happen to Scotland after Brexit? [closed]

The majority of Scottish people voted for remaining in the EU. What are the possible scenarios regarding the Scottish people's situation post Brexit? For example,is the scenario where Scotland ...
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Why didn't the UK insist that Scotland can only run independence referendums every X years before allowing one?

After Brexit many politicians in Scotland have started calling for a second referendum. While Brexit itself was a big uncertainty at the time when the Scottish referendum was negotiated, surely the ...
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What if Holyrood rejects its version of the Great Repeal Bill?

The United Kingdom has formally notified the European Union of its intention to leave the European Union. Next up is the Great Repeal Bill, which will essentially copy-paste EU law into UK law to ...
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Is it possible for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom? If so, how would it do so? [duplicate]

Is it possible for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom? If so, how would it do so? What are the steps it would take?
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How could Scotland become independent given that Theresa May rejected a referendum?

Given the stance of Theresa May on allowing Scotland a second referendum, how could Scotland become independent? In short, if the UK government refused to acknowledge the mandate of the SNP to call a ...
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Is it difficult for Scotland to become a member of the EU if they gain independence from the UK following Brexit

Britain is ready for Brexit (to quit the EU) and Scotland wants another independence referendum which the UK refused. Following Brexit, if Scotland gains independence from the UK, is it difficult for ...
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Would the Spanish People's Party have the capacity to veto Scotland's entry to the EU while governing in minority?

In the UK, the issue of Scottish independence has again become topical, as the Scottish National Party (SNP) have recently published a draft referendum bill (on the 20th of October 2016). One ...
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Why is the word “Depute” used in the title of Scottish National Party secondary leader?

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has a secondary leadership role titled "Depute Leader". In other Westminster-system parties this role is called "Deputy Leader". In fact, sometimes SNP people use ...
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Why do the Scots not want the Trident (UK Submarine-based Strategic Nukes)?

The UK Parliament recently voted for (471 to 116) a renewal of Trident, the UK's submarine based nuclear missiles. (Pardon my ignorance--are these all the strategic warheads or are there also silos in ...
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What would change as far as political alignments if Scotland and/or NI leave the UK?

It is my impression that Scotland and NI tend to be "more left" politically (i.e. more likely to lean Labour or other left-er parties vs. Tories). As such, all other things being equal (including ...
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What is the cause of the discrepancy between Scottish and English-Welsh results in the Brexit referendum?

In the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016, the results per constituent country were as follows: England: Remain 46.62%, Leave 53.38% Scotland: Remain 62.00%, Leave 38.00% Wales:...
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Under EU law, can Scotland remain or be re-admitted to the EU after Brexit while still a part of the UK?

Newspaper reports yesterday said that the Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, had lobbied EU members to support Scotland's remain bid. After Scotland ...
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Union Flag After Scottish Independence [closed]

If Scotland votes to break away from the United Kingdom, which seems more likely after the Brexit vote, what will happen to the Union flag? I don't think many people would like to see the lack of blue ...
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Could Westminster block the possibility of a referendum on Scottish independence?

With the recent events of the Brexit, the SNP want another referendum. Is it possible that Westminster would block this possibility? How could Scotland become independent without the approval of ...
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Why did the Scottish National Party supplant Scottish Labour?

I was prompted to ask this question by a comment I made recently to an answer to a question about US politics. I said, …a recent example of an apparently fixed political orientation ...
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What's a good way to estimate the number of constituency seats that will be won in Scotland on a given vote percentage?

I'm interested in how the election to the Scottish Parliament is going to go next year. Scotland uses the D'Hondt method to elect its representative (MSPs): 73 MSPs are elected to constituencies in a ...
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Is there are non-independent country with “full fiscal autonomy”?

In the post-election debate in the United Kingdom, where the Scottish National Party won 56 out of 59 Scottish Westminster seats and 50% of the Scottish popular vote, one point of discussion is how ...
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If Scotland had become independent, what would have been its political system?

On September 18th, the citizens of Scotland voted on whether or not they want the country to be its own state, independent from the United Kingdom. Had this referendum been successful and Scotland ...
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Why is Scotland attempting to become independent?

I realize "Scotland" isn't trying to become independent; a group of politicians are trying to make Scotland independent, and a lot of people in Scotland (roughly half, depending on the poll and the ...
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Why was there a sharp increase in the margin of support of independence in Scotland in August/September 2014?

Why was there a sharp increase in the margin of support of independence in Scotland in August/September 2014? (source)
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Has a two-letter country code been proposed for use by independent Scotland? [closed]

If it doesn't already have one, what would Scotland's two-letter country code likely be, in the event of its gaining independence? I've tried searching a little but it seems that Scotland simply ...
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What are the benefits to the rest of the UK from Scottish independence?

We've read a lot about why Scottish independence would benefit Scotland and hinder the UK. I'm interested to know how Scottish independence (voting YES to devolution) will benefit the UK on a ...
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What will Scotland's status in the EU be, assuming the Scots vote for independence?

The Scots will vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country or not, on September 18, 2014. Assuming the majority vote is for independence, will Scotland remain in the European Union ...
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Is Scotland a country?

Real simple, is Scotland a country and why/why not? There seem to be conflicting views all over the internet. Most of it seems to be personal views and opinions, I'm interested in facts. Most of ...