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    Brexit Could Destabilize UK, Boost Scottish Independence Aspirations

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    The United Kingdom exiting the European Union could cause political instability in the country and boost Scotland's independence aspirations, a recent report by a London-based strategic advisory firm found.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Global Counsel issued a report titled "The Consequences of the EU Referendum," which predicts the possible effects of a referendum on EU membership both in case of Brexit and if UK voters decide to stay in the 28-nation bloc.

    "Sources of instability could come from calls in Scotland for a second independence referendum. Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon would only want this if she was confident of victory. Much depends on the polls in the aftermath of a vote to leave and how the likely political and economic uncertainty across the UK impacts on attitudes in Scotland. She may, however, struggle to contain demands within her own party for a fresh vote," it was predicted in the report.

    It was added in the report that London could block the second independence referendum, but such a move could create conditions "under which Scottish independence becomes inevitable."

    On Thursday, voters across the United Kingdom will take part in a referendum to decide whether or not the country should exit the European Union.

    In September 2014, Scotland held a referendum to decide whether it should become independent from the United Kingdom, in which over 55 percent of those who voted rejected secession. The issue, however, remains on the Scottish agenda and local politicians have repeatedly declared their intention to hold another referendum if London decides to leave the European Union.

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