n Without Prejudice - The World in August - international

Volume 19 Number 8
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


It cannot be said that new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tour of the UK was an undiluted success. Crowds jeered him in Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast, however The Daily Telegraph reports that the polls showed a 5.5% increase for the Conservatives since his appointment, the biggest surge since Tony Blair’s election in 1997. Many Scots don’t like him – as an MP and editor of the Spectator he published a poem in which the Scots were referred to as “a verminous race who should be placed in ghettos and exterminated” and “tartan dwarves” “polluting our stock”. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, strongly held belief is that Brexit is in conflict with the democratic freedoms of her nation, “I think that is extremely dangerous for Scotland, indeed for the whole of the UK”. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said of a no-deal Brexit that would be “catastrophic” for the principality. There is considerable concern about the Irish Backstop and the economic damage of a no-deal Brexit to Northern Ireland. The Financial Times stated that analysis from Stormont’s (Northern Ireland’s parliament) Department for the Economy showed that a no-deal Brexit could put 40 000 jobs at risk in the region”.

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