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Letter: Let England have a vote
4:24pm Tuesday 15th May 2012 in Readers' letters
Why should we, the people of England, not have a say when Scotland holds its referendum on breaking up the UK?
But then again, England has much more to gain from independence than Scotland does, so maybe we should hold a referendum on English independence first.
These are the facts of the ‘Scottish Burden’: Scotland gets 25 per cent more government spending – paid for by English taxes.
Scotland is over-represented in the House of Commons.
Scots vote on English-only issues but the opposite cannot happen.
Scots can fly their flag on their public buildings; English public buildings cannot fly the flag of Saint George.
The United Kingdom should be dismantled peacefully now to prevent a Balkanisation of the country.
A commonwealth of co-operation, free trade and defence alliance should replace the current UK.
Ireland could be part of this commonwealth too.
Adam Ives, Accrington Road, Blackburn
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