Edinburgh, Scotland - Today Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the media that she will push for a second referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom. This after, in Sturgeon's words, "...material change of circumstances brought about by the Brexit vote..." Sturgeon asserted her belief that Scotland's future should be determined by the citizens of Scotland, and not have circumstances forced upon them.
In the first referendum, in 2014, 55 percent of the voters chose to stay in the U.K. However, since that referendum, the U.K. voted in 2016 to exit the European Union (EU), an event that has become known as Brexit.
Sturgeon believes that because the U.K. voted to leave the EU, and because it is in Scotland's best interest to remain in the EU, this second referendum on independence will succeed because the people of Scotland understand the benefits of staying part of the European Union.
However, a new question has arisen on social media that could affect the outcome of the vote: if Scotland votes for independence, will Sean Connery still get to be James Bond?
James Bond, a character created by author Ian Fleming and starring in a series of novels, is an international spy who works for Britain's MI6. The popularity of the books, driven by the charisma and adventures of James Bond the spy, has spawned over 50 movies. Sean Connery starred as Bond in five of those movies, and is considered by many fans to be the ultimate movie incarnation of Bond. To them, Sean Connery IS James Bond. And James Bond is Sean Connery.
Connery is Scottish.
Pro-independence activists have expressed concern that this question has become part of the debate on Scotland's independence. Alistair Paterson, leader of the "Scottish Independence Now" political action committee, said "Many of Scotland's citizens really don't understand the political and economic questions associated with being forced to exit the EU. Just as many of the people in Britain didn't understand what they were voting on with Brexit. We will try to educate our citizenry on those questions. But James Bond? That's on an entirely different level. Hell, I'm already questioning which way I'm going to vote!"
Mr. Connery could not be reached for comment.