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How Remain could lead to Scottish Independence

It's often suggested that Brexit could lead to the break-up of the UK. But could the reverse be true?

By Martin Kettle   August 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Could the UK staying in actually lead to Scotland going? Photo: PA

When England and Wales voted to leave the EU in 2016 but Scotland voted to stay, many—not least in the SNP—thought Brexit would break the Union. Theresa May’s absolute insistence that the UK as a whole had voted to leave seemed designed to provoke Scots into revolt.

It hasn’t worked out that way. Try as she might, Nicola Sturgeon has failed to persuade Scots that a break with Europe should herald a…

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