Scotland to celebrate Independence Day Soon?
by FFE EU News staff
Ten months before Scotland decides whether or not to stay with the United Kingdom, the Scottish National Party (SNP), the country’s ruling party, has finally set a date for independence: 24 March 2016.
The announcement came a day ahead of SNP’s planned release of its most detailed independence blueprint. The group said that naming a specific date will make the idea of an independent state more tangible in the minds of voters.
Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said ‘We have previously said that we would aim for Scotland to be independent in March 2016 and in the white paper we go further than that and name the date of the 24th of March.’
The blueprint for independence will outline the country’s financial strengths and details like negotiations, preparations and agreements needed to secure independence.
However, Britain’s Secretary of State for Scotland and anti-independence campaigner Alistair Carmichael criticised the announcement, saying it did not put emphasis on the more crucial policy issues involving independence.
Three of Britain’s political parties argued that an independent Scotland would be worse off economically while SNP said an independent Scotland will be more prosperous.
A survey conducted by British newspaper Sunday Times revealed that 38% of Scots supported independence while 47% opposed it. 15% meanwhile were undecided.