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Conservatives are conditioning us to accept the breakup of Britain

Conservatives are conditioning us to accept the breakup of Britain

Conservatives are becoming comfortable with the breakup of the UK and their personal role in its destruction.Theresa May’s cabinet has discussed a document which says there is a “real risk” of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland leaving the union of Great Britain.Conservatives want to deliver Brexit regardless of the cost.If the UK were to break…


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  • Conservatives are becoming comfortable with the breakup of the UK and their personal role in its destruction.
  • Theresa May’s cabinet has discussed a document which says there is a “real risk” of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland leaving the union of Great Britain.
  • Conservatives want to deliver Brexit regardless of the cost.
  • If the UK were to break up, it would likely leave the Conservative party with a permanent majority in an English House of Commons.
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    “The people of Scotland have the right to leave the UK if they so wish. We shouldn’t prevent Brexit because of that.”

    I’m more than happy for Scotland to be independentif that’s what the people want.”

    “Any Tory leadership candidate who puts the Union first has absolutelyno intention of delivering Brexit.”

    Theresa May warns against Nigel Farage, who ‘speaks casually of the potential break-up of our Union’

    Prime Minister Theresa May is so worried about it she went to Scotland tomake a speech about it:

    “The question of how we can secure our Union for the future is being asked with ever more urgency,” she said. Farage, “the leader of the party that topped the poll in those elections in England speaks casually of the potential break-up of our Union.”

    “All of this against the backdrop of Brexit – a profound constitutional change that is putting political and administrative strains on the Union,” she said.

    This was previously unthinkable. Britain is the world’s fifth largest economy, the progenitor of democracy and the industrial revolution. And yet because of this one issue — Brexit — conservatives are seriously contemplating ending it all.

    This is not normal. Democracies are supposed to be stable. Trump doesn’t openly worry about the secession of the Southern States. Macron doesn’t fret over seeing Alsace-Lorraine return to the Germans. Merkel isn’t lying awake at night wondering whether East Berlin might be handed back to Moscow.

    Only in Britain are our elected officials openly discussing the destruction of the nation. The desire to reclaim Britain’s sovereignty from Europe, via Brexit, is so distorting that conservatives are willing to sacrifice their country to get there.

    Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.
    Reuters / Simon Dawson

    Boris Johnson’s anti-Scottish prejudice

    Boris Johnson, the almost-certain next prime minister, isn’t helping. He has a history of prejudice against the Scots. When he worked as a journalist at the Spectator magazine,he once suggested that Scottish people be banned from becoming prime ministers of Britain.

    He also published a poem (written by someone else) joking aboutthe “extermination” of the “verminous” Scottish race. Johnson is so disliked in Scotland thata majority of Scots would vote for independence if he were prime minister, according to a Panelbase/Sunday Times survey. That majority only appears when Johnson is in No.10.

    This is startling stuff.

    The Conservatives are supposed to be the patriotic party. The full name of the organisation is “The Conservative andUnionistParty,” the “union” being a reference to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    One Nation” used to be a Tory rallying cry.

    Why would the right give up on the country it claims to hold so dear?

    A cynic might point out that while the UK’s population is 67 million people, England comprises 55 million of them. With Scotland and Northern Ireland gone, and maybe Wales to follow, the English Conservatives would be left with a permanent, unassailable majority in England’s House of Commons.

    Sure, the country would be humiliated on the national stage, and decimated politically, geographically, and economically.

    But the consolation for Britain’s Conservatives would be unopposed power — without compromise with Brussels or the regions — for generations.

    That is the direction we’re heading.

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This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author(s).

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