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Post Whither the UK?
Created by John Eipper on 11/19/20 4:12 AM

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Whither the UK? (David A. Westbrook, USA, 11/19/20 4:12 am)

Much to my surprise, I've recently learned of the existence of news besides coronavirus, race, and the election at the end of the world. In particular, the UK seems to be heading towards some sort of constitutional transformation, perhaps even dissolution.

In "Of Course Devolution was a Disaster," the very smart Aris Roussinos writes, "There is a dispiriting, late Habsburg air to British politics at the moment," and goes on to outline various possibilities, none of which he finds very appealing. I'm sure you could find similar takes without much effort, but my steady diet--gluttony, really--of center-left mainstream media, much from [the UK] hasn't paid much attention, what with... So I'm honestly asking, has it really come so far?

While I'm not entirely ignorant of the terrain, I don't feel qualified to guess what will happen, much less make a political argument or even have much of a feeling. There will always be an England, I believe, but it never occurred to me that there wouldn't always be a UK. So I'm writing friends who might offer intelligence on the matter. Thoughts?

Happy Thanksgiving!

JE comments: Roussinos's essay is below. This topic is tailor-made for Tim Ashby, who knows both Scotland and the innards of UK politics.  The Habsburg analogy may be as apt as it is depressing for fans of Britannia's greatness.  Roussinos sounds almost enthusiastic about a rump UK that would essentially mean England--no Scotland, and possibly without Wales, too.  He makes no mention of Northern Ireland, which presumably would link up with the Republic.

WAISworld has long seen Catalonia as Europe's next potential new sovereign state, but Scotland may be first in the queue.  There's a strange synergy here:  it might be up to Madrid to "save" the UK, by blocking Scotland's entry into the EU.  Wouldn't the EU's other Member States be inclined to welcome the Scots?


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