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State of the Union

After the fifth election in five years - three general elections and two referendums - the UK is no closer to healing the divisions that emerged during the EU referendum. The English nationalist project, otherwise known as Brexit, has unleashed a level of anger rarely seen in the country which threatens the unity of the United Kingdom. It's entirely possible that within the next ten years, both Scotland and Northern Ireland will leave the Union.

Working for the New York Times, Andrew Testa toured the length and breadth of Britain during autumn 2019 to capture the national mood. Everywhere he found that 'it was all about the referendum' and wherever he went people would tell him 'we voted, so it has to happen, no matter the consequences.'

What is extraordinary is that the majority of Britons would have preferred to remain in the European Union but believe the result of the Brexit referendum must be respected even though as has been stated time and again that 'it is a monumental act of self harm.'

Now that the Conservative Party under Boris Johnson has won a massive majority of some 80 seats it seems that it will pull Britain away from Europe and draw nearer to America. The twenty miles that separate the UK from continental Europe may be a short distance geographically but culturally and philosophically the two are now much further apart.
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