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En Escocia, en esta época del año, tenemos la tradición de celebrar Burns Night, la Noche de Burns. “Rabbie” Burns es nuestro mayor poeta, un hombre que tradujo su inmensa pasión por la vida en versos de incomparable ingenio e intensidad. Normalmente —aunque este año también en esto es una excepción— nos reunimos para cenar haggis (una especie de pudin de carne), beber whisky y recitar y regocijarnos con sus poemas.

La Noche de Burns es una gran ocasión para los escoceses y aquellos que tienen ascendencia escocesa en todo el mundo. Es una celebración no solo del poeta sino de lo que significa ser escocés.…  Seguir leyendo »

La crisis de la covid-19 nos ha recordado la humanidad que todos compartimos al mismo tiempo que los países de todo el mundo hacen frente al gran reto común de proteger la seguridad de las personas. Gracias al desarrollo de las vacunas, que en sí mismo ha supuesto un gran proyecto de colaboración internacional, ahora podemos anticipar que llegarán días mejores. Y, conforme empezamos el proceso de reconstruir nuestras economías y sociedades, ese espíritu colaborativo será más importante que nunca.

Desafortunadamente, los escoceses nos encontramos, en este momento, en primera línea de un proyecto completamente diferente e impulsado por valores opuestos: el Brexit.…  Seguir leyendo »

Boris Johnson is prime minister of what is still, for now, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — and he would very much like to keep it that way. Mindful of his own place in history, he has no intention of agreeing to a new referendum on Scottish independence that would risk, even invite, the break-up of Britain.

No wonder he announced this week that he refused to countenance such a vote. By doing so, he bought his government time. But this is a battle postponed, not a battle won. The question of Scotland — and, with it, the question of the United Kingdom itself — has neither been answered nor gone away.…  Seguir leyendo »

Anti-Brexit protesters in Edinburgh on Wednesday. (Francois Mori/AP)

While Boris Johnson fiddles, fluffs and faffs about, threatening to yank Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 — “Do or die,” he said. "Come what may.” — my Scottish emigre heart burns with terror.

If his threat materializes — and even if it doesn’t — a million people like me may have to watch, voiceless, as their homeland, Scotland, decides for the second time since 2014 whether to remain a part of the United Kingdom. It seems more likely that a referendum conducted now would succeed in approving independence after it lost so narrowly the last time. Who in their right mind would vote to stay in a toxic relationship with Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, which drove us into this quagmire?…  Seguir leyendo »

On Monday, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon delivered the political bombshell that Westminster elites were expecting, albeit much sooner than anticipated. She announced that she is introducing a vote to the Scottish Parliament for a second Scottish Independence referendum. Sturgeon anticipates holding the vote sometime between autumn 2018 and spring of 2019.  Here’s what you need to know.

The vote is tied to Brexit

The early timing of the referendum is deliberate. It is timed to occur in the middle of Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union. Last June , 62 percent of Scots voted to remain in the European Union during the Brexit vote, in contrast to the 52 percent of voters who opted to leave from across the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. …  Seguir leyendo »

File photo dated 30/07/16 of a march for Scottish independence through Glasgow city centre, as a prominent campaign group has launched a new fundraising drive as it expects a second referendum to be held in May or September next year.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has announced her intention to hold another Scottish independence referendum in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Campaign badges are being looked out and banners dusted down. But there are significant question marks as to what the legal basis will be for what is being dubbed indyref2.

In 2012, the Edinburgh Agreement was signed by the UK and Scottish governments, following negotiations that determined the legal basis of the referendum. What is known as a section 30 order was granted by the UK government which temporarily gave the Scottish parliament the power to pass a law allowing an independence referendum to be held.…  Seguir leyendo »

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May attend the commemoration of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial in London. Photo: Getty Images.

Now that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she will push for a second Scottish independence referendum, how do you think this will change UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to the Brexit negotiations?

I think what it means now is that Theresa May has a ‘two union’ problem to address. She has the problem, obviously, of the negotiations with the European Union which are just about to kick off, but she also now has the dual and interconnected problem of the union of the United Kingdom and holding that together. Which means that essentially she’s fighting a set of negotiations, or a political conflict, on two fronts.…  Seguir leyendo »

Lo que les ocurre es que no tienen idea de la historia. Posiblemente tampoco de la política, pero como la política se ha convertido en ocurrencias y cabriolas, no me atrevo a tanto. La historia, desde luego, la desconocen por completo. Albert Rivera, por ejemplo, no sabe que Disraeli fue primer ministro con 64 años y repitió con 74, que correspondieron a los más gloriosos de la Inglaterra victoriana. Adenauer fue canciller de media Alemania destruida con 75, para llevarla al «milagro económico» y a ser hoy la nación más importante de Europa. Mientras Churchill volvió a ser «premier» con ¡77!…  Seguir leyendo »