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Latterly it has been sufficient for significant civil resistance or economic cost to be sufficient for a ruling state to cede sovereignty over another region, a process Putin is currently trying to reverse.
Ukraine was kind of the opposite, no? With Yeltsin being the leading force of the breakup so he could get rid of Gorbachev.
Actually I don't think we can claim that there is a historic trend toward civil resistance leading to a ruling state ceding sovereignty. In the context of a rising USSR and the US still not being the undisputed hegemon of the western world? Sure I can see this happening. But that was India and Suez. Then came Algeria and Vietnam.

Irish unification doesn't seem that unlikely. It would be less of a headache than the status quo for basically everyone, the US would probably support it for domestic reasons and the political tendency that favors it has historically been willing to endure quite a bit of pain.
But Scotland? Who is going to force the UK to release Scotland? The EU really isn't a serious political actor and even if it was, who really wants a second Irish land border situation, but worse? The US has no reason to care. I guess Moscow would send sincere well wishes, but that and eight quid will buy you haggis. So my guess is still: The SNP will demand a referendum, the Tories will say no and that's that for the foreseeable future.

by generic on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 11:56:17 AM EST
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Other issues for Scottish independence are the management of UK military infrastructure in Scotland, and the overall economic picture.

Irish unification is easy in comparison.

If the voters carefully consider the options (unlikely given recent voting history everywhere on the Earth), they would insist that the SNP provide an honest and comprehensive explanation about how things will work out. Just like there wasn't for Brexit.

My view is that Scotland is stuck in England for the duration. Although maybe the US would accept a petition for Scottish statehood!

by asdf on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 02:44:10 PM EST
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