Call for Scots to have vote in independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

Conservative councillors at Corby are calling for Scots and their descendants in the town to be allowed to vote in the independence referendum.

The motion, proposed by Cllr Rob McKellar and seconded by Cllr David Sims, will be put at the next full meeting of the borough council on December 13.

It calls for the council to write to Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond requesting the vote for Corby Scots.

It also calls on councillors to express their support for the Better Together - Vote No campaign.

Cllr McKellar says: “The UK Government and the Scottish Executive recently agreed that a referendum would be held on Scottish independence in 2014.

“Corby and its surrounding villages are home to tens of thousands of Scots and Scottish descendants. The borough’s modern history and heritage are founded upon the achievements of the Scottish workers who came here throughout the course of five decades and had it not been for those Scottish migrants, Corby would still be a small village today.

“The borough is still home to five generations of Scottish descendants and this continues to be reflected in local culture, dialect, cuisine and places of worship. Corby people are proud of their home in England but also proud of their Scottish heritage.

“If Scotland becomes an independent state then Scots in Corby will see an international border placed between them and their families in Scotland and will be isolated from their homeland and their heritage.

“The many people living in Corby who are of mixed English and Scottish descent will be deprived of their nationality and will be forced to choose between two fundamental elements of their heritage.

“It is therefore essential that Scots and Scottish descendants are included in the decision regarding Scotland’s future in the United Kingdom. It is further essential that the union between the four countries of the United Kingdom remains intact.”

Nearly 800,000 Scots live in other parts of the UK but they will not receive a vote in the poll.

Around 400,000 people from elsewhere in the UK reside in Scotland and they will receive a vote in the referendum.