Scotland: ‘Indyref 2’ being pushed online
As the EU referendum count turned decisively towards Leave, the online conversation in Scotland immediately turned to the possibility of another vote on independence.
The idea has been long been dubbed “indyref 2” and that hashtag shot to the top of Twitter’s trends list shortly after the vote result became clear. Scotland voted 62% in favour of Remain.
The conversation online was being driven overwhelmingly by pro-independence campaigners. But people who had supported “Better Together” during the Scottish referendum vote also spoke about the possibility of a break-away from the UK as a result of the vote over EU membership. Perhaps the most significant was Scottish author JK Rowling who tweeted: “Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen.”
Many took to Twitter to express new or strengthened pro-independence feelings in the wake of the latest vote (Just as a reminder: a “Yes” vote in Scotland’s 2014 referendum was for independence, while the winning “No” campaign backed staying in the UK).
One old tweet from 2014’s independence referendum gained new life on Friday. Put out by the cross-party Better Together campaign, it reminded Scottish voters that the EU membership of an independent Scotland would be no sure thing:
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