The United Kingdom is fraying. After decades of neoliberal economic policy, devolution, the end of empire, and recent events such as Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Scotland have questioned their place in the United Kingdom. Support for a second independence referendum is at a record high, and those who favor independence now compose nearly 60% of the Scottish electorate, according to recent polling. As Scotland stands at a crossroads, its relationship with Britain is being re-examined as the spectre of Scottish independence poses unique challenges for Europe and the world.
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