Disunited Kingdom is a documentary by Al Jazeera English
Below we share an extract to the background for the documentary.
“The people of Scotland will soon decide in a referendum whether their country should become independent from the United Kingdom.
Opinion polls show that while support for the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign — those who would separate — is growing, the ‘Better Together’ or unionist group still commands a clear majority.
However, there still remains a large number of ‘don’t knows’. It’s not impossible then that Great Britain, which once ruled an empire covering a large part of the world, could be reduced to just England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and that in Scotland, Europe might soon have its newest sovereign state.
So, if that happens, what sort of nations might emerge from this break-up, and what are the implications for Great Britain’s role in the world?
Dr Faisal Devji teaches modern Indian history at Oxford University. His family lived under British imperial rule, witnessed their departure and saw a strong independent nation emerge as a consequence.
As he was growing up, Britain surrendered its last colonies in Africa and the Far East. He has lived in Zanzibar and Canada – both former British dependencies. He’s therefore both a product of Britain’s rich past and an outsider. As a result, he’s curious whether the vote will mark not so much the birth of a new country, but the final chapter in Britain’s imperial story. People & Power asked him to make a personal assessment of the arguments for and against Scottish independence, and what a ‘Yes’ vote might mean for those affected.”
The full article can be read here.
Presenter: Dr Faisal Devji
Producer: Mr Jeremy Bristow