Speed Reads

Scotland Decided

Even with Scotland on board, the UK is probably headed toward federalism

As part of their effort to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron and his two fellow major party leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) and Ed Miliband (Labour), pledged to give Scotland's parliament "extensive new powers," up to and including raising taxes for health care, if necessary.

On Friday, Cameron said that not only Scotland, but also Northern Ireland, Wales, and England should have more autonomy. "We now have a chance — a great opportunity — to change the way the British people are governed, and change it for the better," he said. "Just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending, and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues."