British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is affecting the unity of the United Kingdom


With elections in Scotland today, the Freedom Party SNP has a good chance of winning an absolute majority. After Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP’s election victory, calls for a second Scottish referendum will eventually have to stand on their own two feet.

Apart from Scotland and Wales, hatred of Prime Minister Johnson’s government is growing in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is now separated from the rest of the UK by a customs border, as the Brexiters offered some concessions in negotiations with Brussels. Dissatisfaction with the situation has recently led to unrest in Belfast.

The wind on the boat

After today’s election, pressure will increase for Johnson to allow a new Scottish referendum if the Scottish nationalists who hold the air in their boat due to Brexit reach an absolute majority. In the first referendum in 2014, the Scots chose to stay with the United Kingdom, but it narrowly won the 2016 Brexit referendum by British Brexiters.

The Scottish economy is closely linked to the UK economy and will be badly affected by the collapse

When it comes to calls for sovereignty, Brexiters and supporters of Scottish independence are a lot more common. Both movements are ideologically driven and economic objections are conveniently dismissed. Johnson took note of the decline in prosperity provided with Brexit because regained sovereignty would be too high. The Scottish economy, which is closely linked to the UK economy, would be badly affected by the collapse, but it was of little importance to the Scottish independence movement.

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When it comes to sovereignty, Brexit Johnson is well aware that emotions are more than just rational arguments. That is why he would totally oppose a referendum in Scotland. But the higher the profits of the SNP today, the harder it will be to ignore Scotland’s desire for independence. He can blame himself for that. If he had been less rigid in the Brexit process, he could have easily kept the UK together if Scottish options had been taken into account.

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