A nasty split could follow Thursday’s vote.
British voters head to the polls this week to decide whether to ‘remain’ in the European Union or ‘leave’ it.
The most recent surveys suggest the outcome is too close to call with those favoring an exit holding a slight lead and many undecided.The campaign has been bitter although the murder of pro-EU Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox by an alleged “Britain First” supporter led to some soul-searching by all sides.As British actor Hugh Laurie tweeted:
I hate this referendum, for turning a question of unfathomable complexity into Lord of the Flies.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 17, 2016
While the referendum is over the U.K.’s place in the EU a vote to leave could have far-reaching consequences for the kingdom itself because its constituent parts – England – Scotland – Wales and Northern Ireland – hold differing views on Europe.
So the question is if there’s a Brexit – a British exit from the EU – what happens to the regions of the U.K.?
Does it mean a breakup might soon follow?
(ed:..and i dunno how that would all work out – but being of scots/irish/welsh background – i dunno if it is distant memories of invasion etc. – but i am strangely ambivalent @ the prospect of the conquered by the english countries finally breaking free – (not alarmed at all)..and europe doing for them what armed-resistance could not –
..i dunno if it would work out economically for them – but on a visceral level i kinda approve..of leaving the english to themselves..
..and given the recent close vote on devolution in scotland – it begs disbelief to think this would not happen after a brexit..)
On 8 May I awoke to discover that not only were we not looking forward to a new coalition government in the UK – but that the overall collapse of the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party had given the Conservative government a mandate. At an individual level I’m likely to see some benefits from the strong neo-liberalism that underpins this government’s ideology – but I’m concerned about a further deepening of the division between those who have and those who have not.