With the recent referendum on Scottish independence and the current conflict in Ukraine, it seemed like a good time for a quick guide to what separatism is all about
What is Separatism?
Separatism is when a group of people want more political control over the area in which they live.
They want to be ‘separate’ from the rest of their country either by becoming a totally new independent country (e.g. when part of Sudan broke away to become South Sudan) or they may want to remain a part of the same country but have some of their own laws (they want more autonomy), for example, Scotland is part of the United Kingdom but some of their laws are different to the laws in England.