At exactly 11:00 pm on January 31, after two postponements, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) finally and formally left the European Union (EU). Crowds gathered in Parliament Square, London, to celebrate their freedom, while in Edinburgh Scottish nationalists met to mourn and resolve to push for another independence referendum, after which they would apply to rejoin the EU as a separate nation.
The Brexit result sent shockwaves across North America as well as Europe and other parts of the world.
On September 18, in what has been called an impressive exercise in democracy thanks to high voter turnout, residents of Scotland aged 16 and over rejected separation from the rest of the United Kingdom (UK). The margin of victory for the “Better Together” campaign, slightly over 10 percent, was more decisive than expected.
James Mackay will not be remembered as a crusader in the tradition of social reformers like William Wilberforce (1759-1883) or Lord Shaftesbury (1801-1885). But by his consistently godly character and reasoned approach to justice for all, with the protection of religious rights, he continues to be a light in the world, reflecting the spirit of his Master, seeking always to acknowledge God in all his ways – trusting that as he does so, his steps will be made straight and his paths directed throughout life, as they have thus far been.