World Bulletin / News Desk
The head of the Scottish Nationalist Party and First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has released a 649-page "mission statement", detailing plans for Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom.
Referring to the document called "Scotland’s Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland", Alex Salmond said, "This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation.
"But more than that, it is a mission statement and a prospectus for the kind of country we should be and which this government believes we can be.
"Our vision is of an independent Scotland regaining its place as an equal member of the family of nations. However, we do not seek independence as an end in itself, but rather as a means to changing Scotland for the better."
Scots, just like the Welsh and the Irish, are ethnically different to the English in that they are ethnically Celtic. Until Scotland united with England to form the United Kingdom in 1707, Scotland and England had constantly been at war. In 1296, William Wallace led the Scots to victory in the famous Battle of Stirling Bridge.
The Scots also used to speak their own version of Gaelic, a Celtic language, which was gradually reduced to being a near-extinct language after it was banned in 1746.
Although many, including Scots themselves, doubt that Scotland is ready for independence, Alex Salmond and the SNP have been working hard over the years to convince the people that Scotland is in a position to become independent.
A referendum will be held in Scotland on September 18, 2014, asking Scots to determine whether or not they want independence.Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 14:48