It was a big decision, but not divisive
Was the referendum divisive or did it re-energise the country?
It’s a debate that has raged over the past 12 months since the vote.
There were unpleasant scenes, both before and after the vote, but on the whole both Katy and Taylor believe it was a positive thing.
“I don’t think it’s been divisive because we shouldn’t be shirking away from the big issues,”says Katy.“It’s given more people a voice and got more people understanding politics.
“You’re going to get extremists on every side, and we certainly saw that, although I don’t think it was always represented fairly. From my point of view, you just block it out.
“My parents have always been outsiders in the town they live in Ayrshire, and I have only been in Cambuslang for six years, and it has given me a real sense of community.
“You’ve got people willing to give up their time for a really positive cause and from a personal point of view I would say it’s been the opposite of divisive.”
Taylor says:“People are really engaging. They are asking questions and developing their own views. In that sense it’s been a good thing. It has been divisive at times but that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad thing overall. The positives have outweighed the negatives.
“I strongly believe in the UK, but I respect the fact that other people may hold a different political view. I understand it, I know why they believe it, I just disagree, but I wish people would take a step back, it’s only politics. The referendum went deep into people’s psyches, it asked who they were, about their own identity.”