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Former Brexit department chief: “The chances of a second Scottish independence referendum have certainly gone up”

Philip Rycroft worries that EU exit puts the integrity of the UK at risk 

By Alex Dean  

Photo: Richard Gardner/Shutterstock

Brexit has put the integrity of the United Kingdom under greater pressure than it has been in generations. Scotland and Northern Ireland, which both voted to Remain, are nonetheless being dragged out of Europe. A 55-45 win for Unionists in 2014 risks being overturned as the SNP pushes for a second Scottish independence referendum. Meanwhile the idea of Irish reunification is more live than ever as Johnson’s deal carves Northern Ireland off from mainland GB.

Can the Union survive? I sat down with Philip Rycroft, formerly…

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