The First Minister of Wales would like to see Scotland remain part of the UK after the Scottish independence referendum has been announced today by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, due to be held on 18 September 2014.
The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has tweeted his reaction to the announcement of Scotland. “I firmly believe we are stronger together than we would ever be apart,” he published.
According to the Scotland government, the date is contained in the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, introduced to the Parliament and published today, which also confirms that voters will be asked the question: Should Scotland be an independent country?
Mr Salmond said in a press release: “People will be able to choose if they want a Scotland that is independent and able to make its own decisions – with a Scottish Parliament that is responsible for making the most of Scotland’s rich resources to benefit its communities and safeguard the welfare of our most vulnerable citizens and accountable for how we engage other nations around the world.”
“Scotland now faces two futures: continuing with an outdated political entity that ill-serves the interests of the people of Scotland – a system that will continue to give us governments we didn’t vote for. Or independence, where Scotland will get a Parliament that is both fully-empowered and fully-accountable to those whose lives are affected by its actions,” he added.
Calum Stuart, a journalism student from Scotland who is studying in Cardiff University, told The Archer: “Some people are getting very passionate about it [independence referendum], but I think overall most people think they would rather stay as a part of the union. They think the whole Scottish independent thing doesn’t really bother them at this moment. The main factor affecting it can be the economic thing.”
He also said that the influence of this referendum on Wales is unlikely to be high.
Speaking of the reasons of independence, he said: “They are trying to argue it on an economic way. So they are trying to say this will benefit Scotland economically. The only thing is nobody knows what gonna happen economically. If you go back 30 years then Scotland being independent would be a very good thing. If you go back 15 years it would be a very bad thing. So the economy is just impossible to gage especially with the Euro zone staff and nobody knows what is going to happen.”
Calum said that a lot of faith has been lost with the Westminster government. “If they lose a lot of trusts in English politicians whereas Alex Salmond, who is the first minister, he is a very very clever guy and is able to sell an image of Scotland very well,” said Calum.
“I don’t think people will vote for independence unless something radical happens with economy, unless people lose a lot of faith with George Osborne and David Cameron. But I don’t think it will,” he concluded.
Scotland Government: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/03/referendum-date21032013