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North `slowly becoming part of united Ireland', says former British chancellor
The former British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has said Northern Ireland is "heading for the exit door" from the United Kingdom.

Writing in the London Evening Standard, where he is now editor-in-chief, Mr Osborne said the North was "slowly becoming part of a united Ireland" and most people in England "will not care".

The former Conservative MP wrote: "By unleashing English nationalism, Brexit has made the future of the UK the central political issue of the coming decade. Northern Ireland is already heading for the exit door.

"By remaining in the EU single market, it is for all economic intents and purposes now slowly becoming part of a united Ireland. Its prosperity now depends on its relationship with Dublin (and Brussels), not London. The politics will follow," he wrote on Tuesday.

Mr Osborne said unionists in Northern Ireland had always feared Britain was not sufficiently committed to their cause.

"Now their short-sighted support for Brexit (and unbelievably stupid decision to torpedo Theresa May's deal that avoided separate Irish arrangements) has made those fears a reality. It pains me to report that most here and abroad will not care."

The departure of Scotland from the UK would be a more serious matter, he implies, and it would represent the end of the United Kingdom "with no disrespect to the Welsh".

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:47:07 AM EST
Similar to my comment above: looks like I've been thinking like George Osborne. Should I be worried?
by Bernard on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:11:53 PM EST
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No, the dogs in the street have been barking it, just don't tell the DUP, they're still in denial...

What George Osborne didn't say, but I suspect thinks, is that England would quite like to be rid of N. Ireland, subject, of course to getting the "right" referendum result. And that can't happen now because it would set a precedent for a Scottish referendum, which George doesn't want.

So it all depends on what happens in Scotland, and I suspect Scotland would quite like to strengthen historic ties with N. Ireland as part of the EU. Fintan O'Toole has a very good article on the evolution of the SNP there.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:28:05 PM EST
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With polls consistently giving Independence over 55% support and the SNP looking to take 55 out of 59 Holyrood seats it doesn't matter what George wants.  Scotland will do what Scotland wants and it is looking like they want out of the United Kingdom and back into the European Union.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 05:48:16 PM EST
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George's advice to Boris is to refuse permission for a new Scottish Independence referendum, regardless of how well the SNP does in the polls. Not sure how that will work, if the Scottish parliament votes to hold one anyway. Will Boris arrest "secessionist" SNP leaders like the Spanish authorities arrested Catalan leaders for organising a plebiscite?

Not a good look, what with Hong Kong and all...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 03:26:25 PM EST
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