The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country is a burning issue in the United Kingdom and Europe. A possible “yes” to the question “Do you think Scotland should be independent?” on September 18, will generate major developments in Europe.
Greek Reporter presents the opinions of some Greeks living in Scotland.
83-year-old Sophia Lavranou lives in Edinburgh since 1961, more than half a century. She says she is much interested in the referendum and is determined to vote on September 18. She will vote “no” as she believes that Scotland has not much to win from its independence. Lavranou says that she has survived World War II and she doesn’t like to see countries falling apart.
She notes that Scotland has changed and progressed a lot since the 1960s and there is no reason to risk that progress. Lavranou also says that Scotland has better universities and health system than England and she fears that a positive result in the referendum would change all that.
Epaminondas Pittikas lives in Scotland for 37 years and is a curator at the Business Administration School. He claims that he will vote “no” as he fears that Scotland’s independence will lead to the country’s exit from the EU and a possible financial crisis. He also believes that most citizens will vote on impulse, listening to their heart and not logic.
Spyridoula Athanasiadou, who lives in the country since 1997, working at the Roslin Institute as a researcher in the field of veterinary medicine, is going to vote “no” as well. She notes that most academics are against independence, as research is largely funded by England. She explained that citizens won’t be able to bear the cost of creating new structures, while most of them have the impression that the only thing that will change is the country’s constitution.