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The U.K.’s Future May Be in the Hands of Scotland’s Rebel Youth

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he won’t allow another independence referendum, but a bigger threat to the union might be to let the issue fester.

A girl walks with her towel featuring the national flag of Scotland near the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on April 25.

A girl walks with her towel featuring the national flag of Scotland near the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on April 25.

Photographer: Emily Macinnes/Bloomberg

Robyn Graham was too young to vote in Scotland’s 2014 independence referendum, and now she’s determined to get her chance in another one.

The 19-year-old law and politics student at the University of Glasgow is among a generation of youth for whom the political landscape has been dominated by the constitutional future of the three-centuries-old United Kingdom. To her, it’s not a matter of if, but when Scotland breaks away.