January 25, 2020

THERE IS NO GREAT BRITAIN:

The Union is already sacrificed on the altar of Brexit: The emotional rupture is complete and the legal rupture will follow (Jonathan Lis / January 24, 2020, Prospect)

 In recent days, the Scottish Parliament, Senedd and newly gathered Northern Ireland Assembly have all voted against giving assent to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. This is not mere symbolism. It matters. The directly elected legislatures of the three parts of the UK that are not England have all rejected the most significant constitutional change since Irish independence. The legislation they have opposed will have a profound impact on Britain's politics, culture and above all, its economy. It has been granted assent by just one of the UK's four elected parliaments. That is the House of Commons, a chamber constituted 82 per cent from England: an English parliament in all but name, and in all ways that count.

Britain has always fudged its national settlement. A political and emotional story which began with England's conquest of Wales in 1284 has never been completed or resolved. The UK had no modern revolution, nationwide civil war or external coloniser to force it to define itself afresh. Every change, from England and Scotland's 1707 Act of Union to 1990s devolution, has represented a slow, incremental addition to a centuries-old palimpsest. The UK is neither centrally governed nor federal, and sticks with the compromise. But a compromise can be a euphemism for a lie. 

The Anglosphere was Shi'a before it was cool.

Posted by at January 25, 2020 7:41 AM

  

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