Johnson's "muscular unionism" will "hasten break-up" of UK, says Irish Times


Disunited Kingdom (Image: Gwalia).

The results of last Thursday's elections are likely to "hasten" the break-up of the United Kingdom, according to the Irish Times.


While Boris Johnson's Conservative Party strengthened its grip on English politics, the Scottish National Party won its fourth consecutive term in office.


"Even in Wales" the author says, "the stridently pro-devolution" Labour Party consolidated its power in the Senedd.


These results, the author claims, are likely to "herald a crescendo" in the UK's "mounting constitutional crisis."


The article argues that Johnson's so-called "muscular unionism" is accelerating the break-up of the UK. In attempting to "force unionism into a single form", Johnson is "inadvertently flagging up its weaknesses."


The author contends that unionism has always "worked best" when nobody talked about it. In Cymru, Drakeford's "Wales-centric strain of unionism" seems more like an anomaly by the day.


While the author says that a "more federal interpretation" of the United Kingdom could preserve its integrity, by allowing for "divergence." This seems likely to take a back seat to Johnson's "electoral interests" in England, where attitudes toward the Union are increasingly defined by "ambivalence".

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