On Thursday, the Scottish people voted against independence, preserving its 307-year-old union with England. 84% of the 4.2 million people who had registered to vote showed up at the polls. Ultimately, the independence referendum was defeated by a 55 percent to 44 percent margin.
As it turns out, Scotland isn’t the only European territory itching for independence. On Friday’s radio program, Glenn ran through some of the other cities/provinces looking to break free.
“Well, I will tell you, there are other places that are going to try for independence now,” Glenn said before running through a list of eight places in Europe that could push for independence next.
According to the Washington Post, both Venice and South Tyrol are looking to separate from Italy; Catalonia and the Basque region want to cut ties with Spain; the Faroe Islands have considered seeking independence from Denmark; Corsica wants to break free of France; Flanders could soon leave Belgium control; and Bavaria would like autonomy from Germany.
The Post also references “other regions” that have independence movements including: Wales, Cornwall, Northern Ireland (The United Kingdom), Galicia, Aragon (Spain), Silesia (Poland), Frisia (Netherlands, Germany), Sardinia (Italy), Brittany, Occitania, Alsace, Savoy (France), and Aaland (Finland).
Glenn and Pat were particularly surprised to learn about the Venetian quest for independence from Italy.
“I had no idea,” Glenn said. “[In March], 89% of Venetians voted for independence on an online petition.”
The motive behind the split is not cultural but economic. The Post reports northern Italy is responsible for two-thirds of Italy’s GDP.
“They're responsible for two-thirds of the GDP of Italy in the north,” Pat said, “and so they're like, ‘We are supporting and producing for the whole country, and yet we're paying the same taxes and being taken advantage of by people in the south.”
“That doesn't sound familiar at all,” Jeffy joked.
“Exactly right,” Glenn added. “It’s happening all over the world.”
What Glenn found most interesting about this list of places looking for independence is what it says about the state of the world. While world leaders are pushing for global governance, the people are asking for more self-determination via increased autonomy.
“It's amazing that the world elites are pushing yet for more power and more control,” Glenn concluded. “And the people are saying, ‘No, I want more self-control, more self-determination.’ It's the oldest story in the book.”
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