The recent Scottish independence referendum prompted questions about whether or not an independent Scotland would consider adopting bitcoin or another cryptocurrency (such as the Scottish-themed Scotcoin) in lieu of the British pound. Alas, the Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom, so the discussions proved moot. However, a new poll indicates the Scots may seek independence again in the future. That could bode well for bitcoin's future prospects in Scotland.
Cryptocurrency Could Play a Central Role in the Discussions
Just months after voting 55% to 45% to remain in the United Kingdom, some Scots are having second thoughts about their decision. In a newly released YouGov poll, 52% of Scots now desire independence from the United Kingdom, while 48% desire to maintain the status quo. Cries for independence are echoed within the Scottish Nationalist Party, whose members hold a large number of Scottish political offices and plan to make Scottish independence a central item on their political agenda.
The YouGov poll also indicates two-thirds of Scots desire to see another independence referendum on the ballot within the next ten years. Assuming the next Scottish independence vote occurs during the latter end of that 10-year span and bitcoin continues its current trajectory, cryptocurrency could play a central role in the discussions. In 2014, bitcoin was not ready to become the Scots' primary currency, but by 2024 that may have changed.
That prediction may seem overly optimistic, but naysayers should remember that October 31 marked the six-year anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto's initial publication of the Bitcoin whitepaper. Bitcoin has gone from existing as little more than an idea to a ~$5 billion valuation in just six years; imagine where it will be in another ten.
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Disclosure: The author is fully invested in bitcoin.
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