What You Need to Know About Scotland’s Vote for Independence

Scotland—a country most Americans associate for an abiding love of FREEDOOOOOM—is about to give independence another go, maybe. Next week, Scots will vote on whether or not the country should separate from the (so-called) United Kingdom and be their own, independent country. Though the country has had an independent (though not entirely autonomous) parliament since 1999, next week’s vote would be a true separation—the nation’s first in 300 years. It would be a very big deal, with economic repercussions throughout the globe. Scotland probably has its eyes on a few oil reserves in the North Sea that it could claim as its own if it was an independent country, and there’s no telling what currency the nation would decide to use. Also, if the vote goes towards Scottish independence (early polling is too close to predict) expect calls for British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation to be loud and frequent. A number of Scots might also lose their jobs but, well, to coin an old phrase: “They may take our jobs, but they’ll never take—” ah, you know the rest …

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