(The punctuation is what was used in the original article. Link below.)Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country? That is the question Scotland’s separatist First Minister, Alex Salmond, proposes to put to Scottish voters in a referendum sometime in late 2014. Ten words, no subordinate clauses, its meaning incapable of confusion. Compare it with this little essay in obscurity:
Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/201 ... eparatism/
I do think that the vote in Scotland will have a trickle down effect in Canada. Quebec and the independence question is never far from the surface and this may bring it to light again.
Like here, the Brits won't have a say on vote day. We have been through this once and it is a real possibility that it can happen again. I'm not sure if Quebec is totally prepared to go it alone.
Scotland, on the other hand, seems to be ready. I think it will survive a yes vote and come out on top over time. It won't be without its problems if the yes side wins, but I think they can handle it.
Sitting on the sidelines will be hard for the Brits, but it's not like Scotland is voting themselves off the island. They will still be there the next day. Once the dust settles, I think both sides will realize that not much has changed after all. Family and friends are still going to be living side by side. A border won't change that and it will be a friendly border.