Often throughout history, health crises have led people to turn inward, to protect and to defend their immediate interests. Within the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic was also accompanied by data indicating that, for the first time, more Scottish people supported independence than were against it (Figure 1).
While the prolonged social, economic and political upheaval of the response to the health crisis may diminish appetite for the upheaval involved with a separation from the UK, Scotland’s arguably more coherent and well-supported response to the pandemic could have enhanced support for independence.
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