IF YOU SPLIT ME OPEN - IT WOULD SAY ENGLAND

15 - 02 - 2021 / Your Story

IF YOU SPLIT ME OPEN - IT WOULD SAY ENGLAND

I am English and I voted No in 2014 because I believed in the Union and because I did not want to be ripped out of the EU. I did not believe the Better Together rhetoric about pensions and economy because that was obviously scare tactics.

I just felt the UK was the best, fairest state to be in and I had always felt that if you split me open it would say England down the middle like a stick of rock.

2016 was a huge shock for me - the lies and the propaganda kept piling up and pulling up and Brexit resulted.

That was the start of my journey.

It was this journey when I started noticing the other unfairness’s and inequalities - the Brexit negotiations that ignored Scotland's needs and thoughts, the lack of inclusion, all the little things added up including things like the Northern Ireland border lies.

Well before COVID-19 came with all its English cronyism and incompetence’s and needless awful deaths I had shut down my dream of union and started to look at the realities of it.

I looked at the lies about our dependence on England when if all our own tax, national insurance, VAT, natural resources etc. are considered - it is patently not true.

There was also the prorogation of parliament, the willingness of Westminster to break international law. The Brexit deal itself with Scotland being particularly severely affected.

I realised how far I've come when chasing to another parent in the playground last summer and I said:

"... at least we're Scottish”.

I finally realised that my ideals of fairness and equality could be realised in Scotland and that for my grandchildren to get the most out of life we must be independent.

Shirley from the Borders

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