Yet another wrinkle in the wake of the Brexit vote concerns Scotland. Over the weekend, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested the Scottish National Parliament could block Brexit. Scotland is the most staunchly pro-EU segment of the UK with 62% voting Remain last week.
Is it possible that the SNP could block the vote? I doubt it, but I think Sturgeon knows it all to well. This is purely a political tactic. From where I sit, it’s the first shot in the second Scottish Referendum. If the Scots block Brexit and Westminster says no then the SNP says, “We want to control our destiny too. If Britain can leave the EU then we can leave Britain,” or something along those lines. If the Brexit vote doesn’t reignite Scottish nationalism then nothing will. Whatever the approach, Sturgeon is a pretty cagey politician and will be a thorn in the side of whomever succeeds Cameron, especially Boris Johnson.
While the Leave vote could break the UK from the EU’s tentacles, it could also result in the breakup of the UK.