Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Identity vital to 'No' campaign

AS a native of Scotland I am proud to call myself a Scot. I am also British by birth, having been born to a Scots mother and an English father in Glasgow (which lies within the old British Kingdom of Strathclyde), during a time when all the people of this island were united in a real struggle for freedom.

My problem is in the event of the majority of my fellow citizens behaving like the hero of Burns' Tam o' Shanter (who "tint [lost] his reason a' thegither"), by voting Yes for independence, do I lose my British nationality? If so, to whom would I apply to regain it?

Of course, the economic arguments will matter, but Better Together should not dismiss the value of national identity to their side of the debate.

COLIN CRAMPTON

Elderslie, Renfrewshire

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