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6:08pm on Tuesday, 16th October, 2012:

Learning from History


So, Scotland is going to have a referendum on independence from the UK.

Scotland and its neighbour England share the same language, currency, general culture and, for the last 300 years, history. Nevertheless, a significant enough number of Scots want to break from the union that a referendum is required to settle the matter one way or another.

I don't mention this because I don't think Scotland has the right to break from the UK if that's what its population wants; I'm as big a fan of democracy as anyone else. I mention it because the trend in Europe, especially if the euro is to be saved, is towards ever-greater union. If two countries as close as England and Scotland can't even hold it together after 300 years of trying, what hope is there that the EU will somehow manage it?

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