𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐊 𝐒𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐭?
Back in 2016, the EU referendum aka the Brexit referendum caused raging speculations that the UK will eventually split up after leaving the Eropean Union.
Fast-forward into 2019, the pessimistic predictions haven’t come true yet. However, there is an undeniably large amount of pressure on the UK as a single country.
Not only will hard Brexit result in complicated relationships between Britain and the EU, but will also aggravate the already existing tensions with Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Think of border controls in France and a hard border with Ireland as a potential outcome.
The British government estimates that medical supplies, coming from the EU, may be interrupted or delayed for at least 6 months. This could lead to social unrest, followed by increased political uncertainty and a round of general elections.
If the United Kingdom happens to split up, its overall regional and global position will drop significantly, making the country economically weaker. According to experts, UK’s independence is not possible without losing the considerable benefits the EU provides to its members.
Should Ireland, Scotland and Wales vote to remain in the EU, it could mean the establishment of hard borders and implementation of taxes on goods traded with Britain. Border checks will restrict the free movement of tourists, business people and family members. Different passports might need to be issued for each region.
A no-deal Brexit would most definitely affect all regions of the UK and its relations with the EU members in a negative way. While independence is usually something positive to look forward to and celebrated, things might be very different with the UK.