Echo of Crimea: Scotland, Venice and Catalonia want independence too, who’s next?
19 March 2014
On September 18 Scotland will conduct a referendum on whether it should be independent from Great Britain. London is absolutely opposed to this and threatens Edinburgh with all sorts of restrictions. Prime Minister David Cameron has something to fear indeed. If Scotland votes for independence, apart from everything else it means that five million of Her Majesty’s subjects as well as the British nuclear submarine base near Glasgow will be located on foreign territory.
Europe is on the verge of a number of referendums on self-determination of territories, which are currently a part of the main country members of the EU, such as Great Britain, Spain and Italy. The EU and the US do not introduce any sanctions or make threats to Rome, London or Madrid, as they did in the case of Russia, which supported the will of the great majority of Crimea’s citizens and signed the treaty to include the peninsula in the Russian Federation.
The separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom is quite real, although not very probable. Thus, there is hardly any dispute regarding the referendum, thinks Alexey Gromyko, acting director of the Institute of Europe.
“There is no law there that prohibits any of the regions from conducting a referendum. And if the majority of the population votes in favor of exiting the country, London will not be able to oppose that in any legal way. But everybody knows that Scottish nationalists will lose at that referendum, as only about 35% of the population support them. There is a separatist sentiment in Scotland, but it will remain within Great Britain.”