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What holds the Kingdom United?

The UK is collapsing as a coherent democratic entity

By Katy Hayward  

For a country embarking on a bold venture of sovereignty, the timing could not be worse. The union of the United Kingdom is under strain as never before. There are plentiful examples of centrifugal forces at work within, and extending beyond the insouciance of England, the growing impatience of Scotland or the persistent unease in Northern Ireland. But, until recently, these pressures tended to be seen as superficial niggles rather than as symptoms of a serious malaise.

But now the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the reality of…

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