Six months ago, Boris Johnson triumphantly announced Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, and now he has to throw his energies to suppress the separatist ambitions of certain regions of his own country.
Writes about this edition “The New York Times”.
If in Northern Ireland reunification with the Republic of Ireland seems a very distant prospect, then Scotland has already embarked on a course of independence. The day before, Johnson even had to delegate the Chancellor of the Treasury Rishi Sunaka there in the hope of suppressing the idea of seceding from the United Kingdom. He is the fourth British government official to visit Scotland in the past month.
In Glasgow, Sunak was expected to face issues of Scottish independence. The official dismissed them, saying that now “is not the time to discuss constitutional issues.” Only the people think otherwise. Recent polls show that an average of 52.5% of Scots are willing to vote for independence. John Curtis, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, notes that this is the first time that polls show a large proportion of the disengagement party.
“The UK government is quite concerned that it sends people north on a regular basis,” Curtis said.
“London may have only realized this in the last couple of weeks, but it’s a long story.” Nationalist sentiment began to build up last year, when Britain signed an agreement to leave the European Union. With the onset of the pandemic, the number of supporters of Scottish independence has only increased. The fact is that the autonomy has coped much better with the spread of the coronavirus than the government of Boris Johnson in England. In addition, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, is much more popular than the British Prime Minister.
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