The Scottish Independence Referendum: How Did It Come About?

By Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University.

On the 18th of September, the Scottish electorate will go to the polls to vote on the proposition “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Remarkably, it’s only now that the rest of the world – and indeed, even the rest of the UK – is beginning to wake up to the possible implications of the Scottish independence referendum. Which if ‘Yes’ wins, would be an event of genuine world historical importance setting off geo-political shockwaves that would surely reverberate around the globe. Not least in Canada.

For those who are only just catching up with events in Scotland, let’s start with the most fundamental question: How did we get here?… Read more of Richard Wyn Jones’ policy brief.

Prof. Jones will speak at CIPS on September 15.

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