Conservatives Have Neglected Their Responsibility to the Union

The flags of the United Kingdom and Scotland fly in Sumburgh on the Shetland Islands, July 3, 2014
The flags of the United Kingdom and Scotland fly in Sumburgh on the Shetland Islands, July 3, 2014 (Julien Carnot)

The full name of Britain’s ruling party is the Conservative and Unionist Party, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they have governed lately. Read more

Scotland Delays Independence Plans in Wake of Election Defeat

Nicola Sturgeons waves to photographers outside the Scottish first minister's residence in Edinburgh, November 20, 2014
Nicola Sturgeons waves to photographers outside the Scottish first minister’s residence in Edinburgh, November 20, 2014 (Scottish Government)

Scotland’s ruling nationalists have delayed plans for a second independence referendum with Nicola Sturgeon, the regional first minister, arguing it is “too soon right now” to make a decision.

The climbdown comes after the Scottish National Party went down from 50 to 37 percent support in parliamentary elections. Read more

Second Scottish Referendum Unlikely After Voters Punish SNP

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond attends a meeting in California, June 20, 2012
Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond attends a meeting in California, June 20, 2012 (Scottish Government/Feature Photo Service/Matt Petit)

A second Scottish independence referendum seems unlikely after the region’s separatists lost almost half their seats in Britain’s general election.

The Scottish National Party won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in Westminster in 2015 but lost 21 of them on Thursday. Read more

What Britain’s General Election Result Means

Statue of former British prime minister Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, in Parliament Square, London, England, May 30, 2005
Statue of former British prime minister Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, in Parliament Square, London, England, May 30, 2005 (JR P)

Britain’s ruling Conservatives are projected to lose control of Parliament. The exit poll for Thursday’s election shows them falling from 330 to 314 seats. Twelve more are needed for a majority.

Assuming the exit poll isn’t too far off, what does this mean for Britain’s next government, its major political parties and the process of divorcing the United Kingdom from the EU? Read more

Scottish Voters Notice SNP Has Neglected Education, Health Care

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland visits a school in Edinburgh, September 1, 2015
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland visits a school in Edinburgh, September 1, 2015 (Scottish Government)

Chris Deerin reports for the New Statesman that Scottish voters are starting to notice the ruling National Party (SNP) has neglected good governance in favor of the independence cause: Read more

Scotland Calls for Second Referendum: Why and Why Now?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland gives a news conference in Edinburgh, June 24, 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland gives a news conference in Edinburgh, June 24, 2016 (Scottish Government)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second independence referendum for the region in either late 2018 or early 2019.

The announcement comes days before the United Kingdom is expected to formally inform its allies in the European Union that it intends to withdraw from the body. Such a notification would trigger a two-year divorce process. If Sturgeon gets her way, that means Scots would be asked to choose between the EU and the United Kingdom by the time the terms of “Brexit” are known. Read more

“Hard” Brexit Dilemma for Scottish Nationalists

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with faith leaders, January 12
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with faith leaders, January 12 (Scottish Government)

Theresa May’s admission last week that the United Kingdom will have to leave the single market at the same time as it leaves the EU means the Scottish nationalists face a difficult choice: relent or demand a second independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party leader and regional first minister, had urged “flexibility” in Britain’s exit negotiations with the EU. 62 percent of Scots voted to remain in the bloc last summer against 47 percent of the English. Many feel like Sturgeon that Scotland is being taken out of the EU against its will.

Sturgeon warned that a “hard” exit, under which all parts of the United Kingdom would lose access to the European single market, could convince her party to seek independence a second time. Read more