Scottish expats keep eyes on UAE developments

Published:  24 Feb at 9 AM
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As reported by Gulf News, Despite Scottish expatriates residing in the UAE are closely watching the political developments in their motherland amid tense debate about a referendum on a complete independence from the UK.

Around 20,000 Scots have exchanged Caledonia’s lush and green pastures for the Emirates’ sun and sand, primarily Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but many retain tight links with Scotland and have strong opinions on the possible disintegration of the Union.

Julie McCombe, a 30-year-old Glasgow native, called it a hot topic over which she feels torn. She said the UK government often behaves in the best interests of England, adding that a break-up would grant Scotland full autonomy over national and global affairs. However, Scotland could be worse off and hold less global standing, she stated.

British PM David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond are holding tense discussions over several issues linked to the referendum. For instance, under Scotland’s current proposals, expat Scots will not be allowed to vote in the referendum.

Richard Hiddleston, a 28-year-old originally from Edinburgh, said that he was technically against Scottish independence since he had seen very few coherent reasons from separatists other than ‘the oil is ours' argument. He added that many separatists base their patriotism on a loathing for England as much as their love of Scotland.
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