No-deal vote as UK MPs decide on future of Brexit – CNN International
Scotland is a land of Remainers.
Every single council area in the country voted to stay in the European Union back in 2016.
In Edinburgh, the capital city, Remain took a mighty 74% of the vote.
Little wonder then that Edinburgh locals say they feel ignored.
Ian McLaughlan, the chief executive of charity Youth Scotland, says young people here feel disenfranchised and, increasingly, they’re not alone.
“Many people in society feel so disengaged from Brexit, so disillusioned,” he said. “Here we are with two weeks to go and we still don’t know what the final outcome is going to be, so there is a real frustration building up in the country.”
There are increasingly calls for a second referendum, an idea that everyone CNN has spoken with in Edinburgh is either open to, or actively calling for.
Rebecca McKay, a student, said a second vote is necessary because no one fully understood what Brexit would mean in the first referendum.
“They should have been more informative to people around here,” she said, adding, “it needs to be a wee bit more in depth next time around.”
Scotland is no stranger to divisive referendums. In 2014 they held their first vote on independence from the UK. Scotland voted to stay in the union by 55%.
The current political quagmire in Westminster, and the fact that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, means some SNP activists are calling for another vote on independence.
Tuesday’s defeat was seized upon by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said it “demonstrates more clearly than ever that the case for Scotland becoming an independent country has never been stronger.”
Of course any future Scottish independence vote would require the sanctioning of Westminster, and is unlikely to be be called for until after the next Scottish elections in 2021.
The Scots may be happy, in the meantime, with a second Brexit referendum, at the very least.