Scottish independence – it really matters

With all the attention given to who said what at the EU’s latest ‘crisis summit,’ it would have been easy to miss the news that Alex Salmond and David Cameron have agreed the basic details of a referendum on Scottish independence to be held in 2014. But even if you didn’t miss it, you could be excused for thinking that the referendum’s main implication concerns NATO membership and the basing of British nuclear subs. That’s why I want to draw attention to the radical implications that Scottish independence could have for the citizenship status, and thus the political and social rights, of millions of people. This essay by Jo Shaw of the University of Edinburgh explains how complex and important these issues are. For a broader sense of the complexities of citizenship in Europe, there’s no better place to look than the citizenship project of the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO).

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