Nearly three years after a failed Scottish independence vote, sentiment supporting separation from the British state remains alive and well in Scotland.

Riding a wave of radical separatism that arose during the Brexit vote, the Scottish Parliament voted 69-59 in favor of creating a new referendum, giving Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the clearance to initiate talks with the British Parliament about a potential separation. While England voted to exit the European Union, Scotland voted in favor of staying in the EU, causing clash between the two countries. While a sovereign Scotland would preserve the United Kingdom, the country deserves a chance to have its freedom.

Sturgeon points to the Brexit vote as a source for this movement, stating that Scottish independence would have “a profound effect” on the Scottish people and the economy of the UK. The Scottish people demonstrated their fundamental differences from their island counterparts when an overwhelming majority of 62% of Scottish citizens voted to remain in the European Union.

Despite being told that her proposal would be rejected by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Sturgeon insisted that “the mandate for a referendum is beyond question, and it would be democratically indefensible—and utterly unsustainable—to attempt to stand in the way of it.”

However, May and many other members of the British Parliament believe that the second referendum is untimely. While England is officially slated to leave the EU in 2019, Sturgeon and the Scottish Parliament hope for a referendum to occur between autumn of 2018 and spring of 2019.

Additionally, the terms of Brexit are still being finalized, and England has recently seen a drop in its economy, while a separated state would most likely see a booming Scottish economy. If Scotland were to leave, Britain’s already depleted economy would continue to suffer. From 2012 to 2013, Scotland contributed 9.1% of total UK tax revenue, proving that the country is a vital resource for their economy.

Aside from the economic standpoint, Scotland’s potential departure might spark referendums in other provinces such as Wales and Northern Ireland. The loss of an important partnership and the possibility of more are problems May does not want to deal with.

In addition to British disapproval, a newly sovereign Scotland would face a horde of problems. After being supported by the British Parliament for centuries, the Scottish Parliament and leadership would have to adapt through implementing policies to ensure the safety of their people and the health of the economy.

However, Scotland has shown its dedication to keeping the EU intact, and if the nation were to separate from the UK, it would have its own EU delegation for the first time. Scotland’s motivations and departure from the UK would show signs of light in an otherwise dreary time for the European Union. Moreover, a young Scotland would have the chance to create beneficial alliances with other European nations and see a rise in immigration.

Freedom allows people the chance to be who they want to be and follow their ideals. The Scottish people have shown their desire for the freedom to defend their ideals, which differ from those of the United Kingdom with respect to the European Union. Therefore, a referendum vote must be made available to the Scottish people. The British Parliament should find a way to accept the possibility of Scotland’s departure and recognize the urgency of this vote in order to grant everyone an opportunity at independence.