The Case For Independence

Scotland – A Nation

(EPI) A people sharing a common geographical space, history and culture is a common definition of what we now think of as a nation. In these respects Scotland clearly qualifies with its long-established boundaries and a shared history stretching back over 1000 years. But these objective factors would have little contemporary significance if not underpinned by a shared sense of identity. All the research work over the past thirty years has confirmed that a substantial majority of Scots see themselves as Scottish not British or more Scottish than British. Although 12% of people in Scotland were not born here, less than that proportion thought of themselves as not Scottish.

So by the objective and subjective standards normally used to confirm national status, Scotland is a nation. Does this matter? Being accepted as a nation implies the right to autonomy in the context of the structure of global divisions widely accepted over the past two centuries. It does not mean that people will choose to have a distinct state but it does establish the right to make that choice, a right recognised by the United Nations.

Authors: Isobel Lindsay & Stephen Maxwell

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