24 - 02 - 2019 / Your Story
I ALMOST VOTED YES
I almost Voted Yes in the 2014 independence referendum, but I remember we were threatened with ejection from the EU and I am very pro-European. It was the main factor for me voting No.
I am English born and I have lived in Scotland for over 30 years but when I was young the Scottish National Party was a different party - aligned to Tory Politics and a narrow Nationalistic view.
I was bullied for being English when I was younger.
However, the SNP is transformed now and with Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Joanna Cherry QC MP et al, they are fabulous role models in Scotland.
I also have researched Nordic Horizons and the idea of developing the Northern parts of Scotland to encourage commerce with Northern Europe and Scandinavia, as well as promoting the idea of self-reliance in green energy, makes it a real possibility that we could be economically viable, especially with the help of staying in the EU.
The Brexit Politics is truly awful, with underlying xenophobia, tax evasion corruption, non-accountability (tax havens, dark money), misogyny and dreadful behaviour in the House of Commons.
I desperately want to separate from English centric politics.
However, in order to do so, we must promote economic viability, truly progressive policies (especially housing for all) , a clear road map for independence and the post independent years (learning from Brexit that lacks this), and a clear legal framework as I can't see how we can get round Article 30 - unless we can get the EU on board to help us.