After the Brexit vote: Quo vadis, Scotland? (TruLies Blog by Birgit Bujard)
More than half a year after the Brexit vote, what are Scotland’s future prospects, particularly regarding independence? This is being discussed by Birgit Bujard in a new post on the TruLies blog. She describes how Scotland finds itself at a crossroads and must now weigh its options between its commitment to the EU on the one hand and the UK on the other: The governing Scottish National Party is very pro-European, and there was less opposition to immigration in Scotland than in the rest of Britain. Furthermore, EU membership is seen as strengthening the credibility of Scotland’s case for independence. Nevertheless, it was made clear after the Brexit vote that the EU did not want to be drawn into separate talks on Scotland’s future without the UK and it is unclear if there really is going to be another independence referendum. However, in any case, the Brexit will bring up the question of Scotland’s future governance, when competences are taken back from the EU.
Birgit Bujard is managing director of the German Society for Online Research.
The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooperation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objectives. On the one hand, it strives to deconstruct Eurosceptic and populist prejudices, animosities, and false assertions, by means of social scientifically-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a rationalisation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly communicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further information on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.
Birgit Bujard’s contribution can be found here.