Scotland and The Battle for Britain season 1
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Andrew Marr discovers why the Scotland he was born in has changed so much politically. Scotland today feels very different to the country Andrew experienced growing up. It has become more left wing, less British and much more fiercely Scottish Nationalist. The SNP has been in power for nearly a decade and now - post the Brexit vote - there is talk of a second independence referendum. In just over half a century, Scotland has been transformed. How and why did this happen - and what does this mean for the future of the UK? In the first of these two films, Andrew tells the story of a quiet political revolution, which still isn't much understood south of the border. The political gyroscope in Scotland has swung from the Unionists - who became the Conservatives - winning over half the Scottish vote in the 1950s, to the Labour Party, utterly dominant for over three decades, and today to the SNP, who have risen from a party of protest and insurgency to become the party of government in Scotland. This film ends in 2012, with the announcement of a referendum on Scottish independence.
Exactly two years ago, Scotland held a referendum in which people voted no to Scottish independence. This year, the whole of the UK voted in the EU referendum and a narrow majority voted to Brexit. Andrew Marr charts an extraordinary period of political turmoil that is affecting the whole of the UK. Is this age of uncertainty going to end with Scotland becoming independent and the break-up of Britain? In the second of these films, Andrew Marr looks back at the historic Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014. Why did support for pro-independence Yes Scotland rise from 28% to 45%? How did unionist Better Together eventually persuade a majority to vote no? And now Andrew discovers how the independence referendum has transformed Scottish politics. The battle is no longer between left and right - it remains pitched between yes and no. In the EU referendum in June 2016, while England and Wales voted to leave the European Union, every single local authority area in Scotland voted to remain. Politics in Scotland is moving apart from Britain - but this doesn't make the result of a second independence referendum a foregone conclusion. There are a number of political and economic problems that the SNP must seek to resolve. Andrew examines the options now facing Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. The Nationalists have risen from outsiders to become the new Scottish status quo. How will they will they negotiate the opportunity now given to them by the Brexit vote and convince the Scottish people, this time, to vote for independence?
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