The United Kingom could tear itself apart after Brexit



The United Kingdom faces
an uncertain future

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LONDON — The United Kingdom faces an uncertain future after
Brexit, with growing threats that both Scotland and Northern
Ireland could break away.

The independence movement in Scotland and
increasing uncertainty over the post-Brexit border
between Northern Ireland and the Republic could combine to end
centuries of political union between the nations of the UK.

Theresa May’s decision to leave the single market and customs
union has led to increased political tension in Northern
Ireland.

In recent weeks the Irish government
has called for a
new border
 between mainland Britain and
Northern Ireland after Brexit in order to prevent smuggling.

On Wednesday an Irish parliamentary committee published
plans for Northern Ireland and the Republic to reunite.

The proposals, which were set out in preparation for Brexit,
envision a cross-border referendum on a united Ireland taking
place over the coming years.

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has also led to
renewed calls for a second Scottish independence
referendum. 

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has pushed, so far
unsuccessfully, for a new poll before Britain leaves the EU in
2019.

Polling last year found that 62% of Scottish people and 53%
of all UK voters, believed the country will fracture over
the next ten years, according to a
Comres poll for the BBC
.

Comres / BBC poll: The United Kingdom will no longer
exist as either Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland will be
independent:

  • Net Likely: 53%
  • Net unlikely: 45%

 

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