Scotland to vote on independence

first_imgOn Thursday, the citizens of Scotland will decide by referendum if they want to be independent from the United Kingdom. According to the BBC, 4.2 million people have registered to vote, which is 97 percent of eligible Scottish voters.Professor Tanisha Fazal, associate professor of political science and peace studies, said Scotland has several reasons to desire independence from the United Kingdom [UK].“For the Scots, there are I think a few reasons to consider independence,” she said. “There’s national pride and self-determination. There’s also a political reason — my understanding is that the Scots in general tend to skew more left than the British. And also, there’s a potential economic reason because the Scots view an independent Scotland as economically viable, in part because they believe they would be able to exploit the oil fields in the North Sea.”Those who oppose Scottish independence are also influenced by economics, Fazal said.“Well, there are strong economic reasons against independence, as well,” Fazal said. “We see this particularly in the way the British response has played out, where the British are saying the Scots won’t be able to use the pound. The most recent reports I’ve seen suggest that the British are saying, ‘If you secede, if you vote for independence, there’s no coming back.’”Fazal said Scottish independence could have some deleterious effects on the British economy.“The British are very much opposed to Scottish independence,” she said. “They really don’t want this to happen. And so they are doing everything they can, within the bounds of law, to prevent this from happening.”The projected outcome of the vote is uncertain, Fazal said.“I think it’s really up in the air what’s going to happen,” she said. “And one of the ways we know it’s up in the air is because both sides are fighting this so hard right now.”If the referendum passes, the next steps for a formal process of separation are unclear, Fazal said.“The British constitution is sort of an odd beast, and it’s not clear to me that there are provisions in there for secession, even though some constitutions have that,” she said.If Scotland does become an independent nation, Fazal said, there is no guarantee of membership in the European Union [EU] or United Nations [UN].“The EU has sent mixed signals about whether it would admit Scotland, and if Scotland were not part of the EU then that would certainly diminish the economic benefits of independence,” she said. “If Scotland really wanted to become a member of the club of states, then they would have to apply to the United Nations for membership. And it is actually the United Nations Security Council that has to approve membership. But of course the UK has a veto on the Security Council, so unless the Scots were able to persuade the British that they should become an independent state, it’s hard for me to see how Scotland could actually become a full member of the United Nations.“Taiwan also can’t become a member of the United Nations because of a Chinese veto. In the case of Kosovo, we would anticipate Russian and Chinese vetos. And Palestine, which also recently applied unsuccessfully for membership in the United Nations, would be vetoed by the U.S.”Membership in the United Nations carries symbolic and diplomatic value, Fazal said.“It can also offer some economic benefits, in that it gives them access to some affiliated agencies,” Fazal said. “And it’s the stamp of approval, that you’re a member of the club of states. And it gives access to all kinds of benefits I would imagine the Scots would want.”If the referendum passes, Fazal said, groups in Wales and Northern Ireland could also be looking to become independent from the United Kingdom.“What some of the literature on secessionism tells us is that when you have a country that has multiple possible secessionist groups within it, or even multiple active secessionist groups within it, those are the countries that are going to push back the hardest against secessionism, precisely because they fear the risk of a precedent being set, and the whole country falling apart at the seams,” she said.Fazal said the issue of Scottish independence has significance for many other international groups.“One interesting feature of this particular case is that there are all these secessionist groups around the world, including in Europe, that are waiting with bated breath to see what the Scots are going to do,” she said. “For example, the Catalonians in Spain and the Flemish in Belgium are watching this very closely because they have their own independence movements. They’re actually very much hoping that the Scots are going to set a precedent in becoming independent.”Scottish independence could have both positive and negative consequences for Europe, Fazal said.“There are arguments, particularly in the European context, that one could make either way,” she said. “The EU has eroded national sovereignty for a lot of European states, such that having these smaller, sub-national groups split off and become their own independent states, if they could plug into institutions like the European Union, then that helps them a great deal economically.“And it actually might improve governance for individual citizens. One of the complaints people make about the EU is that it’s very undemocratic; it has what’s called a democratic deficit. And having more power devolved to these smaller states might or might not remedy that, I’m not sure. A lot of these benefits really would hinge on EU membership for the secessionist regions, that lie within the European Union.”Fazal said an independent Scotland would be unlikely to create a foreign policy different from the United Kingdom’s.“One change might be that the Scots might support other secessionist regions, so maybe they would be more sympathetic to the Kurds than the current British administration is,” she said. “But in general, I don’t see them developing foreign policy interests that are diametrically opposed to the British.”Adam Haydel, a junior studying abroad in London, said the vote on Scottish independence is receiving widespread media coverage.“If something about Iraq or Syria isn’t on the front page of the papers, the referendum is,” he said.Public opinion on the issue is broad, with economics a primary concern, Haydel said.“I think people don’t really believe that Scotland could thrive being independent since they would not be allowed to keep the pound and only have oil reserves for 10 years or so,” Haydel said. “Also they would have to figure out a way to raise money, taxes, since their budget is given to them by Parliament in London.”Haydel said he thinks the separation will not be contentious if the referendum passes.Jack LeClair, a junior also studying abroad in London, also said public opinion on the referendum varies.“I think that some Scottish people want independence because there is a widespread lack of trust in Westminster,” LeClair said. “And Scottish people feel that a Conservative party whom they didn’t vote for should not determine how to rule over them.“In Scotland, the majority of seats in Westminster are Labour and then Liberal Democrat. Thus, they feel that the Conservative party, who holds most of the power in the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat coalition do not represent their interests properly. . . In Scotland in particular, there is zero apathy about the referendum, and voter turnout is expected to be extraordinarily high and people generally have extremely strong convictions towards one side or the other.”LeClair said many English citizens do not seem to have as strong opinions on the issue.“One potential reason for people caring about the vote is that the political landscape will be swung towards the Conservative party since most of the constituencies in Scotland are Labour,” he said. “Despite this, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in support on maintaining Scotland as a member of the United Kingdom and the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have also supported ‘No.’”“In fact, this week, in the wake of the polls favorable to the ‘Yes’ vote, all three of these men left London for Prime Minister Questions, which is a big deal, to go campaign in Scotland in favor of ‘No.’ Also, a previous Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has come out to support the ‘No’ vote.”Tags: European Union, Independence Referendum, Scotland, secession, United Kingdom, United Nationslast_img read more

House sends approps bill with CU reg relief measures to Senate

first_imgThe House on Thursday passed a fiscal 2018 spending package (H.R. 3354), which contains some NAFCU-sought regulatory relief provisions and NAFCU-sought funding for the NCUA Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.“NAFCU appreciates lawmakers including much-needed regulatory relief for the credit union industry in this 2018 spending package,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We will continue to push to roll back unnecessary regulations so credit unions can better serve their communities and 110 million members.”In a victory for credit unions, the spending package that passed Thursday also includes a NAFCU-supported measure that would remove the CFPB’s authority to regulate for unfair, deceptive and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) and would wrap the CFPB into the congressional appropriations process. The bill also repeals the bureau’s ability to write arbitration rules and require the collection and reporting of small-business data. It would also provide qualified mortgage relief to certain mortgage loans held in portfolio. These provisions were also passed by the House earlier this year as part of the NAFCU-backed Financial CHOICE Act. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ric Flair gets a befitting reply from Becky Lynch over trademark claim

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian COMMENT I Hate To Break It To You Both @BeckyLynchWWE And @taylorswift13, But I’m THE MAN!!! And To Be THE MAN, You Gotta Beat THE MAN! WOOOOO! #theman— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 24, 2019 Written By Karthik Nair WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 31st August, 2019 22:00 IST Ric Flair Gets A Befitting Reply From Becky Lynch Over Trademark Claim Ric Flair has expressed his dissatisfaction of Becky Lynch’s nickname ‘The Man’ and he had made a statement that it was his old catchphrase. Lynch replied back. First Published: 31st August, 2019 20:49 IST Ric Flair had used the catchphrase ‘To be the Man, you gotta beat the Man’ in his prime and has been his signature catchphrase for decades. READ: John Cena Has A Special Message For The WWE Family Ahead Of Summerslam 2019. Here’s What He SaidBecky Lynch strikes back at Ric FlairMeanwhile, Becky Lynch was not to be carried away by Ric Flair’s big claim. The reigning RAW Women’s Champion took to Twitter and wrote that she was ‘The Man’.center_img WATCH US LIVE I am The Man.— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) August 31, 2019 Ric Flair has been one of the stalwarts of the WWE. ‘The Nature Boy’ has had many memorable matches in his four-decade illustrious wrestling career. Ric Flair has competed with the legendary stars like Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, King Kong Bundy, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and many more. Ric Flair is a 16-time world champion. His world championship reigns include eight NWA World Heavyweight Championships, six WCW World Heavyweight Championships and two WWF Championships. Ric Flair is also a Triple Crown Champion. In fact, he is the only Triple Crown Champion in WCW and WWE. Ric Flair was the first-ever WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Apart from the world championships, Flair has become the United States Heavyweight Champion and World Tag Team Champion in WCW and has won the Intercontinental Championship and World Tag Team Championship with WWE. However, lately, Ric Flair has crossed paths with one of the strongest as well as the best WWE divas Becky Lynch.READ: Batista Snubbed: WWE Leaves Him Out Of Smackdown Tribute VideoRic Flair is against Becky Lynch’s nickname ‘The Man’You have heard that right. Ric Flair had filed for ‘The Man’ trademark earlier this week as he had an issue with Becky Lynch using ‘The Man’ nickname. As per reports in a foreign publication, Ric Flair seemed to take issue with The Man being used by Becky Lynch and Taylor Swift. Lynch uses “The Man” on her WWE merchandise and Taylor Swift recently released a song titled, “The Man.”The WWE Hall of Famer took to social media and made a statement that it was his trademark. READ: Independence Day Wishes Come In For India From The WWE; John Cena, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins join InRead Flair’s tweet here: 1 year ago Ahead of WWE’s Summerslam 2019, here are 3 bizarre moments from the extravaganza that should never have happened 1 year ago As King of the Ring tournament makes its comeback, here are the five instances where it took the superstars to greatness LIVE TV 1 year ago John Cena has a special message for the WWE family ahead of Summerslam 2019. Here’s what he said 1 year ago Independence Day wishes come in for India from the WWE; John Cena, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins join in READ: John Cena Has A Special Message For The WWE Family Ahead Of Summerslam 2019. Here’s What He Said last_img read more

Betting on Football brings record speaker lineup to London

first_img Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 More than 200 industry experts will be sharing their knowledge and opinions on a wide range of subjects in and around football and betting at next month’s Betting on Football.Held at Stamford Bridge in just four weeks’ time (20-23 March), the fifth edition of the event has also attracted representatives from more than 150 gambling brands and over 100 professionals from football clubs and sporting organisationsThe lineup of speakers includes the likes of Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin, Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Veikkaus Senior Vice President Jari Vahanen, Better Collective CEO Jesper Soegaard, OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez Curciel, Microgame CEO Marco Castaldo, BetVictor Director of Sportsbook & VIP Matt Scarrott and special keynote speaker Ruud Gullit, formerly both player and manager at Chelsea FC.Fabio Schiavolin explained why he will once again be making the trip to Stamford Bridge: “It’s now five years that we’ve chosen to attend and speak at Betting on Football. We like the way SBC has been organising this event. “We like the audience, and it’s a good opportunity to exploit the conference to network and talk about our experiences. We also like the choice of Stamford Bridge, which is a good way to confirm the relationship between betting and football.”Niels Erik Folmann commented: “Betting on Football is important to the sports betting industry because it brings a lot of life, vividness and innovation into sports betting, and I think that’s got to be the competitive edge once you look at all the other opportunities for gaming and gambling.”Jesper Kärrbrink added: “This kind of event drives innovation and the development of an industry like ours. People sitting at their desks all day should meet to exchange ideas and listen to others. This is how you learn, so an event like this is extremely important.”A key part of the first full day’s agenda (21 March) will guide industry operators, affiliates, suppliers and service providers on a path to World Cup success in Russia.‘World Cup and beyond’ will assess the future of traditional customer bonusing, how to engage customers in a live environment, the scale of the DFS opportunity, how to prevail in the ‘Facebook and Twitter battlegrounds’, the ongoing battle with match-fixing, how to keep acquired players engaged for the new season and the hidden benefits of sponsorship.Alongside an unparalleled access to high-level insight and industry decision makers, #bofcon2018 delegates will also be treated to parties at Namco Funscape, the high-tech entertainment venue on London’s South Bank, and Roman Abramovich’s extravagant personal nightclub, Under the Bridge.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “SBC was founded on networking parties, so we take extra care in making sure that people can make valuable connections. The two London parties and busy exhibition space are perfect for those looking to utilise the 1-on-1 access to senior executives from operators, affiliates, football clubs and key suppliers across Europe and beyond.”Don’t miss out on the current 25% Group Discount on tickets for Betting on Football 2018 – Go HERE to get it!   There are also still sponsorship opportunities available – for enquiries about these please contact us on [email protected]last_img read more