A Referenda for National Seperation: Scotland’s Vote in Comparartive Perspective

A discussion with Professors

Karen Beckwith, Ph.D., Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science (Fulbright Scotland, Visting Professor, Spring 2014) and Pete W. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Mather House, Room 100
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44106

On Thursday September 18, 2014, the people of Scotland will vote in a Scotland-wide referendum to answer a simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

If the Scot’s vote “yes,” Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom, of which it has been a part since 1707, and will become a new independent country. The prospect of independence raises a series of questions, that will only be answered after the referendum: whether Scotland will continue to have access to the pound sterling, whether Scotland will quickly and easily become a member of the European Union in its own right, whether Scotland will control the oil in the North Sea within Scottish waters, and whether the UK will be able to continue to station its nuclear submarine fleet in Scotland.