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04 July 2019

The Guardian: No-deal Brexit risks breaking up UK, warns Theresa May

Theresa May has said leaving the EU without a deal would have “undoubted consequences” for the future of the UK, amid deepening concerns within her own party over how a no-deal Brexit could boost support for Scottish independence.

May warned Scottish Conservative supporters in Stirling that “a lot of people have taken the union for granted over the years”. She continued: “It’s not a case of either you can deliver Brexit or you can ensure that you maintain the union. You need to do both.”

While insisting she would not offer any advice to her successor on resolving the seemingly intractable problem of the Irish backstop, she emphasised: “There can and must be no false choice between honouring the solemn commitments of the [Good Friday] agreement and delivering on the decision of the British people in the EU referendum.”

May, whose relationship with Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been increasingly strained, also hit out at the Scottish government, saying: “Over the last three years I have learned that while other parties can be relied on to work with the UK government in good faith to make devolution a success, an SNP Scottish government will only ever seek to further the agenda of separation.” [...]

Full article on The Guardian

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