ueen Elizabeth II has arrived at the Scottish Parliament after more than 21 years, with experts calling the Queen’s presence in Scotland a sign of the British monarchy’s deep concern over the region’s wish to become independent from the UK following Brexit, which could end the 300-year-old alliance.
The Reason for the Presence of the Queen in Scotland
Scotland’s thirst for independence and secession from UK has grown, prompting numerous trips by officials and efforts to reduce the calls for secession. The question now is which issue brought the Queen of England to Scotland – the World Climate Summit or the threat of secession? Following a visit to Scotland by the Secretary of State for Trade with the promise of increased aid and investment in the region, and then the UK PM’s second visit in six months with similar promises, the head of the British monarchy has now visited the region.
Increased Motivation for Independence in the Post-Brexit Period
Queen Elizabeth has arrived in the region to inaugurate Scotland’s local parliament as motivation for the region’s secession from the UK has grown dramatically, especially since the UK left the European Union. The Scottish people, most of whom voted to stay in Europe in the referendum, are now more determined than ever before to consider the region’s independence and rejoin the EU.
Victory for the Supporters of Independence in Scotland
The results of the recent elections in Scotland show that the supporters of Scottish independence have the upper hand, and recent polls show that independence has become one of the political demands of most people in the region. The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) is now pursuing independence demands with stronger support. Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly warned London against creating obstacles for a re-referendum on the region’s independence.
The Queen’s Efforts to Strengthen Unity
Queen Elizabeth, 95, travelled to Scotland, one of the country’s most remote regions, to address both its importance and the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament for a better future. She was accompanied with her son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, who in Scotland are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. She tried in some way to highlight the unifying motives in the region. Referring to the UN climate summit, COP26, the Queen said: “The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom — and Scotland, in particular — as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.” The meeting is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in about a month.
Scotland Ready for Second Independence Referendum
With Scotland’s growing motivation for independence, London is now concerned more than ever before with the separation of this strategic region from the UK, which will weaken the union in many ways, especially its place in the world. Two months ago, the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Green Party agreed to form a coalition government and pave the way for a second referendum on the region’s independence from the UK.
In the May elections, when the Scottish National Party failed to win a majority in the Scottish Parliament by one seat, they thought of forming an alliance with the Scottish Greens, who agreed to Scotland’s secession from the UK and intends to make Scotland independent with another referendum.
The Scots Voted to Continue UK Membership in the European Union
In the referendum on UK’s exit from the EU (including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Scottish voters voted 62% to 38% in favour of staying in the bloc. In the UK as a whole, about 52% of people voted to leave and about 48% voted to stay in the EU.
Scottish nationalists argue that Scotland’s fate should no longer be tied to the UK and that the Scottish people should decide their own future and be respected. These nationalists say that Scottish independence could allow the people of this land to join the EU in the future.
Scotland’s Major Parties Support a Second Independence Referendum
In the five years since the referendum on UK’s exit from the EU, the Scottish National Party and Green Party, with a policy of opposing Brexit and supporting a second referendum, went to the polls in the British parliamentary and local elections. Now, they believe that their victory in gaining a significant majority of Scottish seats in the national and local parliaments will force officials from both parties to carry out their election plans.
Numerous polls in recent years have shown that more Scottish people are now in favour of independence, raising deep concerns among unionists who believe in Scotland’s continued membership in the UK. Unlike the 2014 referendum, the UK government has refused to give its official consent to the Scottish independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not hold the referendum without the consent of the UK to fully ensure its legitimacy.
Independence Supporters’ Success in the Scottish Parliamentary Elections
In the Scottish parliamentary elections in May, the Scottish National Party won 64 seats. Although the party managed to increase its number of seats in the local Scottish Parliament, it was one seat short of an absolute majority (65 seats). The Scottish Parliament has 129 seats. Following the coalition between the SNP and the Greens, the majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament are in the hands of independence supporters.
Political Experts Comment on the UK’s Future
Political experts believe that the UK is dying. They believe that the Scots are more concerned with independence after Brexit and the UK secession from the EU, indicating that Scotland will one day leave the UK. As much of Ireland seceded in the past, Northern Ireland is now also considering secession to join the Republic of Ireland.
The first Scottish independence referendum was held on 18 September 2014, during which 55% of voters were in favour of an alliance with the UK and 45% in favour of independence and secession from the UK. Scotland’s call for independence has not been forgotten, and immediately after the referendum on UK’s exit from the EU in 2016, SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that another referendum was needed to separate Scotland from the UK. Pollsters say that the supporters of another referendum have declared their greatest backing for the pursuit of Scottish independence. UK’s withdrawal from the EU has created many problems for it. Following Brexit, Scotland and Northern Ireland have considered seceding from the UK and rejoining the EU as calls for an independence referendum grow in the region.