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Breakup of the UK happening on ‘rocket boosters’, says Labour MP

01 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Clive Lewis MP at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Picture by Rwendland (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The breakup of the UK is happening on “rocket boosters” according to a Labour MP.

Clive Lewis, who represents Norwich South, pointed to Brexit as being the main reason for this.

He also described the UK leaving the European Union as “a kind of post-imperial tantrum”, and said the breakup of the union is happening “whether we like it or not.”

He made the comments following Labour’s Brighton conference on the Oh God, What Now? podcast, which was formerly known as the anti-Brexit Remainiacs podcast.

He said: “When you think about the uphill struggle we’re facing now with the breakup of Britain, the breakup of Britain is happening, whether we like it or not.

“The raison d’etre for the United Kingdom was an imperial project, you know, you needed to have that critical mass, in landmass, resources, people power, to run the empire, to win the empire.

‘Tantrum’ 

He added: “The empire physically now has gone, and Brexit – if you want, I’m sure it’s been described in your show before as a kind of post-imperial tantrum of this country – and that has, not by design, but the outcome of that, with Scotland voting to stay inside the European Union, has seen the breakup of Britain, I think, been put on rocket boosters.

“The SNP are not going anywhere. What they’re offering the people of Scotland is something that Labour will never be able to replicate whilst it has this kind of Unionist, first-past-the-post mindset.”

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
21 days ago

The problem the more progressive Unionists face with the rise of independence movements, especially in Scotland, is most aligned themselves with the rabid Tory far-right in 2014 to stop Scottish independence, who proclaimed the benefits of Scotland remaining in the Union, only for Scotland & NI unjustly ripped out of EU by the English block-vote and self-harming Welsh voter, that had no Devo-Max promised by David Cameron, who now along with Wales & NI Parliaments & Assembly are currently under attack by the very rabid Conservative far-right they did a dirty deal with. That’s why! Also, with the current calamitous… Read more »

Last edited 21 days ago by Y Cymro
GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
21 days ago

No doubt Labour will be defending its and the Tories right wing nationalism while they criticise Wales and Scotlands left wing nationalism.

George Bodley
George Bodley
21 days ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

Labour are so far right its hard to tell them from the tories they are red tories the only exception is wales

Grayham Jones
21 days ago

Yes the UK 🇬🇧 is finished it’s time for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Ireland 🇮🇪 to be Free it is better for the UK we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Grayham Jones
21 days ago

The people in the valleys are letting wales down badly start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
21 days ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

That’s an unfair generalisation, I think. Valleys people were misled, that’s all, plus they were spooked by the thought of a Welsh border that began on the Greek-Turkish border. It wasn’t by and large out of any masochistic loyalty to the union.

Last edited 21 days ago by Wrexhamian
Dafydd
Dafydd
20 days ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

and decades of being drip fed anti EU #### via the London gutter press played a huge part too.

When ever I can I send links to Nation Cymru articles to others in an effort to open their eyes to the existence of a very good Welsh Media alternative to that utter detritus.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
21 days ago

Regarding Brexit, if not just Wales but the whole of the UK voted by a big margin (that would be the legally required in most sane countries) to leave I’d believe in the sayings ‘Wales voted to leave’ or the ‘UK wants out’. But the result was virtually a 50/50 split, a meager 3.8% in favour of leaving. You might say, well that’s a majority but why do you think most countries make it law that there must be a super majority to ratify a referendum? No Wales did no vote to leave – half the country did. We all… Read more »

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
21 days ago

I don’t think Brexit is the main reason that the union is doomed, that would be the English.

Erisian
Erisian
20 days ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

And not so even so much Brexit – but the Conservative & Unionist decision to leave the single market

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