This Wednesday, Scotland held a referendum on whether to declare independence and leave the United Kingdom. The referendum attracted a record voter turnout, helped by lowering of voting age to 16, but in the end the proponents of independence lost the vote, 45% to 55%. Here are 10 reasons why Scotland chose to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
1) Recently, any territories breaking away from a country the name of which starts with “UK” tend to get taken over by Russia.
2) At the last moment, Scots decided that declaring independence from Great Britain over being annoyed with royal wedding/royal pregnancy/royal baby hype would be a bit of overreaction.
3) Scottish voters were worried about the American habit to occasionally invade small countries that have oil.
4) Lowering voting age to 16 wasn’t enough, because this age limit excluded a key bloc of potential 13-14 year old voters who would have been the most enthusiastic about rebelling against the status quo.
5) Scots realized that even gaining independence, Scotland still has to share the same island with England.
6) Ballots with the word “FREEDOM!” written accross the page in large letters were considered invalid and were not counted.
7) The best-known example of territory declaring independence from Britain was the United States, and in recent years, this example has lost quite a lot of its luster.
8) Some voters began celebrating their independence a little bit too early in the pubs to go to the polls.
9) For others, it was more appealing to live in the country whose most famous resident is the queen, than in the country whose most famous resident is the Loch Ness monster.
10) Scotland and England couldn’t agree on who gets the custody of Wales.