Scottish nationalism is nationalism that promotes the idea that the Scottish people form a cohesive nation and national identity. In Scotland, it has been closely linked to the cause of Scottish home rule and Scottish independence, and is also the driving ideology of the Scottish National Party, the current Government of Scotland. It is often described as a form of civic nationalism rather than ethnic nationalism. In such circumstances, Scottish identity can be portrayed as protecting Scottish values through an autonomy from England.
The Scottish national identity persevered in the face of the Act of Union, which merged the independent kingdoms of Scotland and England into the United Kingdom, owing to the continued existence of a distinct legal system, Scots law, and distinct Scottish institutions.
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