UK Government to tell staff to stop referring to Wales as its own country
The UK Government plans to tell staff to stop referring to Wales as its own country, under plans being drawn up to strengthen the union.
Diplomats will be told to change the way they speak about the UK, referring to it as one country rather than talking about “the four nations of the UK,” according to the Sunday Times.
The Prime Minister hosted a meeting on Thursday with the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in a bid to attempt to cement the links between different parts of the UK.
According to the Sunday Times, the plan includes investing more money in transport links between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It comes as Whitehall officials have been told to stop ignoring the Union and put its preservation at the heart of policymaking.
Also part of the plans is the Turing university exchange scheme, which replaces the EU Erasmus scheme, which will offer exchanges for students between parts of the UK as well as with foreign universities.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also spend more time in Scotland in an attempt to boost affinity for the bonds holding Scotland and England together – although there is no indication yet whether this plan extends to Wales.
“The feeling is that successive governments have let this drift and that the politicians are irreparably divided,” a source told the Sunday Times.
A source close to the Royal Household told the newspaper that the Royals “think of it as their Union. It was originally a union of crowns.”
This is true in Scotland although in Wales the ruling Prince was executed and Wales annexed.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the plan.