The Republic of Scotland?

A new poll commissioned by the BBC has shown that 58 percent of Scots want a referendum on independence in the coming year. Though only 38 percent believe that independence is likely, even the possibility of a looming vote indicates that ten years on from devolution the Scottish appetite for independence is all but satiated. ...

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A new poll commissioned by the BBC has shown that 58 percent of Scots want a referendum on independence in the coming year. Though only 38 percent believe that independence is likely, even the possibility of a looming vote indicates that ten years on from devolution the Scottish appetite for independence is all but satiated.

While decisions about income tax and old-age pensions top the list of Holyrood's would-be duties, 63 percent are still content to leave defense and foreign policy matters to Westminster. October's £20 billion government bailout for RBS makes it clear that the purse-strings from London are still taut.

A new poll commissioned by the BBC has shown that 58 percent of Scots want a referendum on independence in the coming year. Though only 38 percent believe that independence is likely, even the possibility of a looming vote indicates that ten years on from devolution the Scottish appetite for independence is all but satiated.

While decisions about income tax and old-age pensions top the list of Holyrood’s would-be duties, 63 percent are still content to leave defense and foreign policy matters to Westminster. October’s £20 billion government bailout for RBS makes it clear that the purse-strings from London are still taut.

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Aditi Nangia is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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