Give Wales more power says Gordon Brown as he warns Johnson’s ‘muscular’ unionism will lead to breakup
Wales should be given more powers as part of a reformed union, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.
He warned that Boris Johnson’s “muscular” unionism that sought to centralise power at Westminster would lead to the break-up of the UK.
To address such dissatisfaction, Gordon Brown said Boris Johnson must “get on with reforming the United Kingdom” so it appeals to its nations and regions.
“By that I include Wales – which is dissatisfied,” he told ITV. “Also the metro mayors in all the regions. They’re all complaining they don’t have enough power to do the things they want”.
He also pointed to the damage done by the Prime Minister’s comments that devolution are a “disaster”.
“Now that’s completely at odds with the opinions of the vast majority of Scottish people,” he said.
“He thinks he’s attacking the SNP, he’s actually attacking mainstream Scottish public opinion.”
Gordon Brown added that the PM’s job is to try and unite the country – “he cannot be at war with part of it”.
He said that Boris Johnson was setting up a “competition” between Britishness and other national identities.
“Muscular unionism is what it’s called – putting up more flags and badging bridges and roads with an UK flag on them. It won’t work.”
However Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove today rejected the calls for reform, calling it an “abstract debate”.
“I prefer that we concentrate on people’s priorities rather than looking for new areas of abstract debate to enter into,” he said.