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Break-up Britain: Andrew Marr on the imperilled state of the Union

Forget the froth. Deep tides are now pushing Scotland its own way, and washing against the very idea of the UK

By Andrew Marr   April 2021

The future of the United Kingdom will be Britain’s main political conversation as soon as this pandemic recedes. Two mottos help in thinking about it. The first is that nothing in politics is unthinkable. The end of the Union between Scotland and England could certainly happen. A centuries-old island experiment could vanish, and perhaps be swiftly followed by the reunification of Ireland.

But a second motto, and the necessary corrective, is that in politics, absolutely nothing is inevitable. The future of the UK, today, remains a live fight between volatile electorates and flawed political leaders, around which swirl myriad unresolved arguments. This isn’t over.

The existential argument about the UK is, however, very much under way (existential is an over-used term, but since we are talking about the existence of the UK it is accurate). It has taken London an astonishingly long time to start thinking seriously…

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