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.


Elderslie, Renfrewshire

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