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With Boris Johnson steering Brexit towards destination disaster capitalism, Scottish indy is now a lifeboat

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I write here as a Scot who was opposed to independence in 2014. Holding this position, I wrote articles, campaigned, and took part in debates making the case that what unites ordinary working people across the UK is far more meaningful and relevant than anything that divides them, such as national identity.

Five years on, I no longer believe this to be the case. And judging by recent opinion polls showing a steady increase in support for Scottish independence, I am not the only one.

Brexit has changed everything. It has rent asunder the cultural and social fault lines cleaved across the regions and constituent nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, and Wales – over three decades of deindustrialisation and financialised capitalism.

Sixty-two percent of people in Scotland voted to remain at the EU referendum in 2016, as did 55 percent of people in Northern Ireland, which after England, Scotland, and Wales, makes up the rest of the UK (at least in its current form).

Compared to the xenophobia and nativism that delivered Brexit, the celebration of inclusiveness that marked the campaign for Scottish independence now seems like an age ago.

The high level of grassroots participation and political engagement, the ferment of ideas, debate, and discussion that took place at every level of Scottish society, was a tribute to democracy, a word and concept that has increasingly come to be wielded as a sword to deprive people and peoples of their rights, rather than as a shield held........

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