I WAS BORN IN ENGLAND BUT I NOW CONSIDER MYSELF SCOTTISH

18 - 04 - 2019 / Update

I WAS BORN IN ENGLAND BUT I NOW CONSIDER MYSELF SCOTTISH

I was born in England and have lived in Scotland for nearly 20 years and in the 2014 Independence referendum I Voted No.

I agonised over whether to Vote No last time and only decided on the way to the polling station.

I think it was mostly down to playing it safe economically and not really feeling like currency etc had been properly thought through that made me eventually and reluctantly vote no.

Also some sense still of there being some value in "Britishness".

However that all evaporated in 2016 and having seen the reckless nature of the political debate around no deal Brexit despite the terrible economic consequences, I think that Scotland going it alone and having its own say over its political and economic destiny now seems a no brainer in
that light.

After the EU referendum I could no longer identify with what I saw going on in England and realised that my affinity, roots and loyalty now lay with the progressive, outward looking vision of this country.

I now consider myself Scottish. I don't consider myself a nationalist but do see how Scotland is frustrated at every turn by Westminster in trying to become a more caring, kind, sustainable, inclusive nation.

So if there is another Independence Referendum, I would now firmly Vote Yes and proudly so.

Laura From East Renfrewshire

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