Date
23 September 2017
(From left) Chung Pun-wai, Alex Yip and Gill Mohindepaul Singh support the preservation of the 307-year union. Photos: HKEJ, AFP
(From left) Chung Pun-wai, Alex Yip and Gill Mohindepaul Singh support the preservation of the 307-year union. Photos: HKEJ, AFP

Chinese in Scotland likely to vote against independence

Scottish voters of Chinese descent are likely to cast a “no” ballot in Thursday’s historic referendum on whether Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom.

More than half of about 80,000 Chinese immigrants in Scotland are eligible to vote, and a great number of them would probably want to preserve the status quo to keep their British citizenship and avoid business and social uncertainties, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Chung Pun-wai, a 65-year-old entrepreneur living in Scotland for over 40 years, is among the first generation of immigrants to the UK. Chung said he would be worried if he was no longer holding a British passport.

The number of countries that have trade ties with Scotland may drop to 90 from the current 150, as most bilateral agreements have been forged with the UK, Chung said.

Alex Yip, 33, a third generation Hong Kong immigrant, said Scottish independence would have a huge impact on businesses.

Yip, who is also an entrepreneur, said as far as he could tell, only 30 percent of Chinese in Scotland would vote for independence.

Hong Kong actor Gill Mohindepaul Singh, better known by his Chinese stage name Q Bobo, migrated to Scotland two years ago.

He said he is concerned that his family may lose social welfare and other benefits if Scotland becomes independent.

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