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There is a way to fight the breakup of the Union—but kneejerk nationalism isn’t it

Forget poppies and union jack car decals. Those who want Scotland and Northern Ireland to stay in the union should be making space for more, not less, diversity of identity

By Siobhán Fenton  

A pro-Brexit demonstrator seen wearing a Union Jack hat while protesting outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Photo: PA

In Britain, fears that the United Kingdom could unravel have become the subject of increasingly urgent discussion. Unionists have begun to wake up to the fact that the ‘union’ as they know it could be on the verge of collapse, as a united Ireland and an independent Scotland—once dismissed by many as fantasies—now appear to be distinct possibilities within the next few decades.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown…

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