The former Labour leader and prime minister Gordon Brown is concerned about the current flux sweeping across British politics as a result of the 2016 Brexit vote.
At a sparsely attended meeting in London (where else?) organised by ‘right-wing’ factions of the Labour party (the pro-Labour front group Hope not Hate and the Fabian Society) he claimed the United Kingdom could break apart if Brexit is forced upon those parts of Britain that voted against it (particularly Scotland.)
Gordon Brown asserted: “The country is about to choose the next prime minister but missing so far from the Conservative leadership contest is a serious debate on the biggest existential question of all – the unity of the United Kingdom and the future of the union – and how to prevent an even more damaging descent into divisive nationalism.”
He continued: “I believe the union is today more at risk than at any time in 300 years -and more in danger than when we had to fight for it in 2014 during a bitter Scottish referendum.”
And with a tear in his eye, he claimed: “In jeopardy are both the unity and integrity of the United Kingdom and the shared values – tolerance, respect for diversity, being outward looking – that underpins what, for all its ups and downs, has been the most successful example of multinational co-operation anywhere in the world.”
He cited the Scottish National Party’s increasing hardline rhetoric concerning Scottish independence and Tory grassroots support for an English Brexit rather than no Brexit at all.
A recent opinion poll discovered most Conservative Party members would rather see Ireland be reunited and Scotland leave the UK than allow Brexit to be cancelled.
Over 60% of those 900 Tory members asked would be happy for Scotland (where most voters backed Remain and the SNP won the recent EU elections) to go it alone. And just under 60% would accept Northern Ireland leaving the UK to become part of the Irish Republic.
As the reunification of Germany proved in the nineties, the unification of the island of Ireland would prove no barrier to the continuing EU membership of the continuity Republic of Ireland. However, an independent Scotland might struggle to overcome Spanish and Belgian objections (who are both worried about pro-secessionist feeling in their respective nation states) to remaining in the EU should Gordon Brown’s fears become reality.
While in Wales, the prospect of semi-permanent right-wing Tory rule from London could accelerate greater demands for independence (Plaid Cymru finished second in the recent EU elections behind the Brexit Party) in that historic British nation as well.
And should radical secessionist feeling take hold in the various parts of the so-called United Kingdom, then the corrupt, multicultural British State would really be in trouble, thanks to a Brexit revolution that has yet run its course.