January 24, 2021, 11:12
The desire for an independent Scotland and a united Ireland is increasing because of the Brexit effect, the professor said.
Professor John Curtice is professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde and joins Andrew Castle amid revelations that a growing number of people in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are seeking independence from Britain, which will mark the breakup of the Union.
“Even in Wales there appears to be a desire to vote,” Andrew said.
Professor Curtice describes the dynamics across the UK: “The British are very clear that they want the union to stay together, the majority will upset Scotland or Wales leaving perhaps not so concerned about Northern Ireland.”
He cautioned that “Unity lies on a little shaky leg.”
Andrew wonders, “How much is the intention of choosing an emotionally driven person?”
Political experts argue that “we would not have had this debate,” if a sense of identity had no role.
He added that politics Brexi has intensified the idea of a union breakup.
“If you ask people in Scotland and Northern Ireland if they will get better or worse as a result of Britain leaving the European Union, you will get a more negative response.”
“Brexit has to some extent changed the terms of the debate.”