Theresa May compares Welsh identity to being a ‘Yorkshireman’
Theresa May has compared Welsh identity to being a Yorkshireman.
The former Tory Prime Minister, made the comparison in an essay for Strength in Union, in which she makes the case for preventing the breakup of the UK.
In the publication, which has been launched at the Conservative party conference, the MP Maidenhead in Berkshire argued that being in a union “does not mean we lose our local and national identities”.
She said that people “do not have to choose between being British… or Welsh” and that someone “might consider themselves to be a Yorkshireman, but that does not mean they cannot be British”.
May also suggested that England needs the rest of the UK in order to maintain its position on the “world stage”.
She wrote: “Being together in a Union does not mean we lose our local and national identities. Nationality is just one of the many factors that form part of the complex tapestry of each individual, alongside factors like sexuality and racial heritage.
“You do not have to choose between being British and being Scottish or Welsh or Northern Irish or English. You can be British and Scottish and so on.
“Someone might consider themselves to be a Yorkshireman, but that does not mean they cannot be British – they can be a Yorkshireman and English and British.”
She added: “This accommodation of multiple layered identities against a background of common values is one of the UK’s greatest assets. It is a defining strength of our Union.
“No one has to choose a single identity. But as part of that strength it is important that we respect that diversity of identity. We should recognise the pride that each nation feels in its identity and in its history.
“It is not enough to tell people that they should not want independence; we should be showing them the benefits of being
part of the Union. We in England certainly should not wag our fingers at Scotland and tell people there that they could not exist without us.
“We should recognise that while Scotland’s economy is stronger for being part of the UK, so England needs the other parts of the UK. We may talk about Global Britain, but where would England be on the world stage without the rest of the UK?”