Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scotland's choices - and England's questions

A side effect of the Brexit vote might be Scotland voting for independence and then rejoining the EU. BBC reports on Scotland's vote to remain in EU and the possibility of a rerun on the referendum for independence.

Scotland's first minister has said a second independence referendum is "highly likely" after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland faced the prospect of being taken out of the EU against its will.

She said the Scottish government would begin preparing legislation to enable another independence vote.

Scotland voted in favour of the UK staying in the EU by 62% to 38%.

A majority of voters in all 32 council areas in Scotland voted Remain.

The UK as a whole has voted to leave, by a margin of 52% to 48%, prompting UK Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would stand down by October.

Here's more from The National about preparations for another referendum.

[Sturgeon] said a new poll is "highly likely" following the UK's vote to leave Europe despite Scotland overwhelmingly voting to stay in.

It was “democratically unacceptable” for the country to be dragged out of Europe by the rest of the UK despite the will of Scotland's majority of voters, she said.

Sturgeon, at a press call in Bute House in Edinburgh, said it was her responsibility to protect the country’s interests in Europe and she was determined to do so.

Facing a scrum of world media, she said there had been a “significant and material change in the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence” in 2014.

"As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will," she said.

“I regard that as democratically unacceptable.“

The First Minister confirmed she was instructing legislation to begin the process of making sure the Scottish Parliament could be ready to stage a new referendum if it decides.

It was vital, she said, that a start on making arrangements begins within the three-month period leading up to Article 50 being triggered, the mechanism that would begin the official process of the UK leaving the EU within two years.

England's questions: "What is the EU?"

The Washington Post reports on Google traffic following the vote to leave the EU. (h/t Jana Eaton)

... despite the all-out attempts by either side to court voters, Britons were not only mystified by what would happen if they left the E.U.— many seemed not to even know what the European Union is.

GoogleTrends tweeted: "What is the EU?" is the second top UK question on the EU since the #EURefResults were officially announced.

The top UK question was "What does it mean to leave the EU?"

Surprise. Voters vote without knowing what they are voting on.

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