Brexit: England seems to be declaring independence from UK – Angus Robertson

Unionists in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the UK have seemingly decided that Brexit is more important than the unity of the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 7:58 am
Eyes of the nation will turn to the Houses of Parliament as MPs vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. Picture: Pixabay
Eyes of the nation will turn to the Houses of Parliament as MPs vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. Picture: Pixabay

As with every passing day, England seems to be declaring independence from the rest of us. Tories north and south of the Border are doing their very best to speed up the process.

One year ago, the then Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, and Scottish Secretary David Mundell, declared that there couldn’t be any difference between Northern Ireland and Scotland’s Brexit arrangements.

Although we both voted to remain in the European Union, it wouldn’t be right for Northern Ireland to effectively remain within the European single market while Scotland would be taken out.

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As far as I’m concerned it should happen sooner rather than later.