"I think the way things are, I might have to vote to leave the union, because I can't really accept the government we have in Westminster. The whole system is broken, it's anti-democratic. I don't really want to be part of it."
Glasgow, Scotland - 31 August 2019
10. Protester's placard at Stop the Coup protest in George Square, Glasgow
11. Protester's placard at Stop the Coup protest in George Square, Glasgow
12. Protesters playing drums at Stop the Coup protest in George Square, Glasgow
13. Protesters at Stop the Coup protest in George Square, Glasgow
Edinburgh, Scotland – 3 September 2019
14. Scottish and Union Jack flags waving in wind
15. Scottish flag waving in wind
Glasgow, Scotland - 31 August 2019
16. Set-up of Jonathan Pew, railway industry worker at Stop the Coup protest in George Square, Glasgow
17. SOUNDBITE, Jonathan Pew, railway industry worker:
"It's made me much more open to the idea of Scottish independence than I would have been ... Scotland didn't vote to leave (the EU), I didn't vote to leave and I think the potential for Scottish independence now, as part of a modern European state, is well worth exploring."
When Scotland voted in 2014 against independence, that seemed to settle the issue: The hauntingly rugged region where Britain's royal family spends its holidays at its vast Balmoral estate would remain with England, Wales and Northern Ireland in a United Kingdom governed from London.
But less than two years later came the Brexit referendum, and while the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, Scots distinguished themselves as the biggest dissenters.
Not only did Scotland vote overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, it was the only one of the U.K.'s four parts where not a single constituency delivered a "Yes" vote to leave.
Simply put: Scotland is being dragged largely unwillingly toward what many of its people fear will be economic suffering on Oct. 31, when the messy divorce is scheduled to take effect, quite possibly without an agreement to cushion expected blows to businesses and households.
Disgruntlement with Brexit and machinations in Westminster that have pushed the U.K. ever closer to a no-deal departure is so keenly felt in Scotland's glens and weather-beaten towns that independence is back as an issue.
In the aftermath of Brexit, Scotland could again become a headache for whoever is in power in London.
Rather than be shackled to what they suspect could become a diminished and isolated U.K., advocates of Scottish independence are clamoring for another referendum to allow it to strike out on its own and perhaps even rejoin the EU.
Even some of those who didn't vote for independence, betting that Scotland would be better off in the U.K., are now having second thoughts.
"The way things are, I might have to vote to leave the union, because I can't really accept the government we have in Westminster. The whole system is broken, it's anti-democratic. I don't really want to be part of it," says Ishbel MacDonald, a Scottish voter who didn't cast a ballot in 2014 because she was in two minds.
But Scots wanting a second shot at independence won't automatically get one. The U.K. government has repeatedly ruled out the possibility, saying Scots had their say and that a second vote could heap further division on the country already riven by generational, regional, political and economic divides over Brexit.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hardball negotiating tactics since he took office in July, replacing Theresa May after she failed to get Parliament's backing for her Brexit deal with the EU, suggest to some Scots that he's especially unlikely to yield.
Johnson has taken steps to suspend Parliament for part of the remaining weeks before the Oct. 31 departure, shrinking options and time for lawmakers who want to stop a chaotic no-deal departure. Johnson's critics have likened him to a dictator and his maneuverings to a coup.
Such charges resonate among independence supporters north of the seamless, open border with England noticeable only because of road signs that declare "Welcome to Scotland" in English and "Failte gu Alba" in Scottish Gaelic.
Some independence supporters are gearing up for a renewed push, cheered by polling that suggests Brexit, and especially a no-deal departure, may be strengthening the independence cause. The resignation in August of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who cited family reasons, deprived the anti-independence camp of one of its most popular leaders.