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Fotoeins Friday: Scotland’s Referendum – Leave or Stay?

Next Thursday (September 18) is a big day in the United Kingdom.

The people of Scotland will vote on a referendum with a simple question – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Do they wish to secede from the United Kingdom: yes or no? A simple majority of cast votes will be sufficient. As this post goes live, the polls suggest a tight race, right up to voting day. Additional extensive coverage of the origins to the independence movement and what independence might mean to Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Europe are found on the BBC News and The Guardian.

Results: NO 55% vs. YES 45%, as Scotland decides to remain within the Union.

I made this shot in the quiet of The Mound in Edinburgh’s city centre on 8 November 2012 during my year-long RTW; more about my memorable Edinburgh visit here. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5Cx.

The kingdoms of Scotland and England (including Wales) merged to form the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland joined to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The Irish Free State separated in 1922, leaving behind The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

16 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: Scotland’s Referendum – Leave or Stay?”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Charlotte. First, it’s a big day for the UK and Europe, and in some way, Canada, too, with the relationship between English and French Canada. We’ll all be watching! Second, it’s still something to wrap my brain around the fact you’re back in the UK; I’ll think of you as a Frankfurterin, even a reluctant one 😉 Third, I’d love to see a post from you one day where you’ve performed stand-up comedy in Japanese! Thanks again for your comment, and all the best to you!

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    • fotoeins

      The polls are neck-and-neck, and they sure will go right down to the wire next Thursday. It’s too close to call either way! Thanks again for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      My home province of British Columbia has the Union Jack (naturally) in the upper half of the flag. There’s some talk about whether the flag should change should Scotland secede. I think ‘no’ to reflect the history of the province. Many people around the world will watch what happens on Thursday! Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Phoebe! No matter what happens, the UK will never be the same beyond Thursday. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment!

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  1. sammiegan

    Argh, I don’t know what to say about this. I think no matter what it’s going to change things either way. I’m not Scottish, but I just…. I don’t know! I feel bad for both sides, really.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Sammie. The history behind the union and the separate ‘nations’ is immense; I expect some long-standing issues must date back centuries. We’ll all be tuning in on Thursday, no? Thanks again for your comment1

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Sarah-Jane; it’s a great pleasure linking up with #SundayTraveler. Thursday’s referendum is so close, and while it sounds cliché, it’ll be one of those days and evenings where every ballot is important. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Adelina. I’m sure a lot of Canadians, for example, will be keenly watching those results on Thursday, too. No matter what happens, the UK can’t go back to the way it’s been used to operating. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Molly S

    It’s definitely going to be an interesting day. However they vote, I don’t think things will be the same. I live in England, but almost on the Scottish border – so we’re pretty nervous about it here, but at the same time it’s kind of exciting watching history unfold!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Molly. I agree with you: no matter what happens after Thursday, things will and must change. I think you’re nervous about how the referendum itself will unfold, but you’re not nervous about possible tensions. The latter is simply unthinkable, given how peaceful things have been on the “big isle” over decades, if not centuries. 🙂 I would’ve loved to have been in Scotland this week to talk to people about the referendum. Thank you for reading and for your comment!

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