Should Ireland Be An Independent Country?

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For decades the political relationship between the sovereign nation of England and the slightly independent country of Scotland has caused much discourse for some Scot citizens. For almost 300 years the decisions that directly affected Scotland were decided from the Parliament at Westminster Palace in London. This was not changed until rather recently when Scotland voted on its own Parliament held in the capital of Edinburgh. But for some political parties and special interest groups this act of recourse is not enough and they called for a national vote to answer the question “should Scotland be an independent country?” The deciding referendum that was voted upon on September 18 of this year was the climax of the political buildup between…show more content…
An analysis of the three most recent Scottish referendums from the years 1979, 1997, and 2014 show that the political atmosphere has become increasingly more receptive to Scottish independence and shifting ideologies regarding nationalism are shaping global democracies. Geographically England and Scotland both share land on the small island northeast of continental Europe, but the two countries did not share a government until 1707 when the legislation titled The Union Treaty unified the nation. The death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603 ended the Tudor line of dynasty for the Kingdom of England resulting in James VI of Scotland (a Stuart) to become King of England. His throne became known as the Union of the Crowns because never before had both England and Scotland been ruled by the same monarch. For almost a hundred years the two countries were ruled in this manner until King William’s death when the throne was passed to his sister-in-law Queen Anne who called for an integration of unions. Neil Oliver, historian and author of the BBC’s History of Scotland argues that Queen Anne’s crown appointees that drafted the original version of the Union Treaty that was sent before Scottish Parliament was “nothing more or less than a suicide note awaiting a signature.” Essentially it was doing just that, Scottish Parliament
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