In 1707, the Act of Union, caused the merger between English and Scottish government, in which Scotland saw to lose its parliament for British representation, even if such agreement ensured it a big economical success. However, still today, Scotland remains distinct from England in terms of administration, legal system end religion. The relations between Ireland and Scotland, instead, were’ never not successful. In fact, Ireland remained Catholic even during Protestant Reformation and always hostile to English government which was forced to apply a series of punitive laws in the territory, for bringing the country under his control. These impositions, still, caused a widespread poverty and destroyed Irish economy, apart from progressive exclusion of Catholics from many professions.
THE SCOTTISH AND IRISH QUESTION