The Tony Blair era rang in with devolution of the United Kingdom. Coming from an outside perspective, my removal from any type of emotional response to the thought of Scotland reasserting independence helps me form my opinion on the matter.
I just watched a vehemently anti-European Union video on YouTube and my easily impressionable self has been corrupted by the radical opinions. Personally, I don’t think that the British should care if the Scottish get their independence back. Not because I am pro-Scotland, because as I have made it clear I am against any type of separations of humans. I think that the British people have a much more pressing issue with regard to the future of the nation. Scottish independence will not affect Britain as much as integration in a federal Europe would.
Should Europe federalize, as it is itching to do, Britain will be split into 13 regions. Britain will be administered by the 13 regions that the EU has already divided the U.K. into. In the eyes of a federal Europe the U.K. is nothing more than 13 densely populated English-speaking regions to be governed. The entire nation of Scotland will be administered as one region.
These regions will all have to conform to EU law. None of the United Kingdom’s cohesive role will continue in a federal Europe. It should be obvious that I have been corrupted by Euro-skeptic Britons to doubt the European Union and its role in the future of Britain.
In a federal Europe there will be no difference beside language and landscape between any of the regions of the entire continent. All the trade laws will be the same and all the social laws will be the same. It wouldn’t matter one ounce if Scotland was Scottish or a part of the United Kingdom.
So assuming that Europe does federalize, what would it matter if Scotland was independent. They would be completely powerless to make any of their own laws, except on the local level. Should a region like Scotland gain their independence from their state (the state that is a member of the EU). They would only gain self-determination if they were to declare independence from the EU. Since none of these regions are economically able to stand on their own in competition with Europe and America. They will likely not want to or be able to get out of the EU.
So membership into the EU for a newly free nation will ultimately be nothing more than their flag on the back of the Euro and Brussels calling all the shots.
Although the over arching laws will come from Brussels, Nationhood within the European Union, for the time being, still allows for local controls. The prospect of local control makes membership in the EU popular for new nations. However, their new statehood’s local control will not amount to much and the EU will still govern them as a region of Federal Europe.
I feel as though the people of the regions of Europe who want independence, Southern Belgium, Scotland, Cataluña, and Basque Region. See the appeal of local control and full EU membership as way to have their “independence” and fly their own flags. However, they will not really do anything but make governing the region more streamlined for the EU.
I think Europe is headed toward a new era. With the EU “offering” nationhood to the ethnic regions the EU umbrella is making it possible for people to re-identify with their ethnic roots instead of the compromise of their historic nations. So I foresee that Europe is heading away from diverse nations toward ethnic regions administered by the EU. Much like Samuel Huntington said In the Clash of Civilizations modern politics is being dominated by race and ethnicity.