sovereign (if not quite virgin) nation
in one of the most democratic processes
carried out since the Schleswig Plebiscites of 1920.
Like most Irish people I am hoping that the United Kingdom
will fall apart, with very interesting effects - not least in Spain
(where Catalonia seeks a secession-referendum)
and France (where Corsica remains outrageously
two mere départements). The word British will no longer mean
'belonging to the United Kingdom', and the English
will have to call themselves, if not English, then South British
- as Unionist and Anglo-Scots once called themselves North Britons
and ironic Anglo-Irish once called themselves West Britons.
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Apart from the currency question -
which did not trouble The Irish Free State too much over 90 years ago -
there are mini-matters such as the
international car registration-code.
The new Scottish one should surely be ECO.