British journalist and former BBC employee Gavin Esler, in his unpublished monograph “How Britain Ends – English Nationalism and the Renaissance of the Four Nations,” warns of a serious crisis in Britain that could result in the breakup of the state. Quotes from the book are cited by the Daily Mail on Sunday, January 17.
According to the Scottish-born author, most Scots have multiple identities, and residents of this part of the United Kingdom feel both Scottish and British and European. But Brexit dealt a blow to such self-identification, and now many of those who voted against secession in the 2014 referendum are ready to support the region’s independence from Britain.
“Most Scots are disgusted by events at Westminster since 2016, particularly Brexit and what they see as the incompetence of Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister. – Ed.) and his government,” Esler writes.
He cites Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who believes that many Scots believe there is a deep democratic deficit for their nation because their views on this and other issues are not taken into account, and if they want to leave any union, it is the United Kingdom.
“I have come to believe that Britain may indeed be coming to its end. It is not alarm bells I hear. It’s a funeral bell,” the publicist stresses.
According to the journalist, Johnson and his cabinet failed to unite the nation even during the pandemic, and now the state is united “in name only.” Esler points to the serious decentralization of the fight against the pandemic in different parts of the state, highlighting the overall heterogeneity of the country as exemplified by the differences in how the health system, education, media, differences in the law and even the different status of the Queen in the Anglican and Scottish churches work in different parts of Britain.
The publicist in his book describes several possible outcomes of the British crisis.
“One is that in the seething fury of English nationalism we are witnessing the first quiet portents of how Britain will end. The second possibility is that this discontent will prove to be the catalyst for a reimagining of Britain as some as yet undefined but nevertheless newly reconstituted United Kingdom. The third option is the preservation of the status quo, but after Brexit this is no longer possible,” he believes.
The author is convinced that the separation of Scotland and possibly Northern Ireland from England would lead to a full-blown political crisis that “would be much more complicated, messy, expensive and bitter than even Brexit.
On Jan. 1, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the country, already an independent state, would soon return to the European Union. Earlier she stated that the exit from the EU took place against the will of Scotland, whose population voted against Brexit in a referendum on Brexit in 2016. – 62% of Scots did not want to leave the EU.
The Brexit transition period ended on January 1, 2021. The UK has been a member of the EU for 47 years. The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on January 1, 2019.
On Aug. 9, Johnson expressed fears that Northern Ireland and Scotland would want to secede from the country after Brexit. He ordered assistance to the regions.