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What does a hard Brexit mean for the unity of the United Kingdom?

In Scotland and Northern Ireland it poses existential challenges

By Jim Gallagher  

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ©DINENDRA HARIA NEWZULU/PA Images

Nationalisms disrupt multinational unions, and not just European unions. Brexit is a nationalism that matters not just for devolved powers in the UK, but for the stability of the union too. It is English but not UK nationalism, and so in Scotland and Northern Ireland its challenges are existential. The Scottish National Party are now at Refcon 1, with Nicola Sturgeon edging daily closer to calling a second referendum on independence. Northern Ireland’s administration collapsed for its own reasons, but…

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