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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 28 March 2019: no end in sight for Brexit

The date is 28 March 2019. There is one day left before the two years stipulated by the treaty for the UK’s departure from the EU expire; two years will have elapsed since 29 March 2017 when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, triggered the famous Article 50 by [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Brexit: possible political disasters

It is commonplace to talk more about the economic impact, but a British exit from the EU (so-called Brexit) could lead to a variety of political disasters. First, Ireland This would be the country most affected by Brexit, due to the impact it could have on the Ulster peace [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A less united and less European UK: ¿Brexit and break it?

Despite the official congratulations, Europe’s conservative-dominated collective leadership would have rather seen Labour’s Ed Miliband entering 10 Downing Street. This might seem a paradox, but it is not. There is little confidence in David Cameron. First he got Scotland into an independence referendum that made much of Europe very [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Meanwhile, in Scotland and England…

The September referendum on independence in Scotland, in which the ‘noes’ won by 10 points, has changed many things in that nation, and to the south, in England. Despite the ‘no’, nothing will ever be the same. The reverberations of the Scottish referendum are causing major changes in British [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland: Salmond wins, even if he loses

To avoid what he called a ‘consolation prize’ for Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond, in the then foreseeable defeat of the independence option, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron refused in 2012 to agree in the referendum to a third option in addition to ‘yes or ‘no’, between independence and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The English (and British) question in Scotland

There are just 72 days to go to the referendum on the independence of Scotland on 18 September. Although the victory of the “no” seems assured, this kind of vote is loaded by the devil. Despite the campaign of both sides, polls have not moved much in recent months, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scottish compassion

Scotland’s independence movement is different from others in Europe. The country’s leader and First Minister, Alex Salmond, has always made a point of distancing himself from debates on ethnicity and national identity. Hence, he recoils from any comparisons with Catalonia or other cases. For Scotland he wants, first and [...]
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