Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves 10 Downing Street in London today with her Brexit minister, Michael Russell after a meeting with Theresa May the leaders of the devolved parliaments of the British Isles to discuss the EU.

Has the U.K. already Castrated Itself? Brexit, and now Scoxit, could have far more significant—and existential—consequences than their populaces might fathom.

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Given the unprecedented psychological stress of the American presidential election, the possibility of Scottish independence may not, admittedly, seem like a very urgent matter. But after the U.K.’s vote to leave the E.U., however, much is threatened by renewed calls for Scottish independence—most compellingly, Britain’s influence on the international stage, the viability of its nuclear arsenal, and its position as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

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