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SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has continued to demand a second independence referendum despite the Scottish public voting to remain part of the UK back in 2014. An expert has warned if the UK splits, there could be a United Ireland.
Emeritus Professor Adrian Guelke told Express.co.uk: “I don’t think directly. The most likely circumstance of a United Ireland is if the UK broke itself as a result of Scotland leaving.
“I would definitely not expect a United Ireland to happen, absence Scotland leaving.
“One of the things that has been upsetting loyalists and one of the reasons for the tensions, has been the suggestion from some Conservatives who say goodbye to Northern Ireland.
“George Osborne more or less said in a comment piece in the Standard, ‘Goodbye and good riddance’.
“Another said the DUP only had themselves to blame.
“There’s not a lot of sympathy for the DUP among Conservatives in the UK.
“That has been obviously upsetting loyalists.
“There have been a lot of issues that have been causing tensions to rise in Northern Ireland.
“There is quite a lot of polarisation happening.”
He added how the links between Scotland and Ireland are “stronger” than to England but it would be a “huge blow to Unionists” if Scotland leaves.
Mr Guelke continued: “It certainly becomes more possible there.
“In terms of sociological relationships, links to Scotland are stronger than to England.
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“It will be a huge blow to Unionists if Scotland were to get independence.
“It would upset Unionists greatly.
“What they would do about it and reorientate their identities? That’s a much more difficult question to answer.”
Support for independence has been steadily growing following Brexit and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms Sturgeon has faced criticism for using her platform during the pandemic to continue to make calls for a second referendum.
Ms Sturgeon said a second referendum should be held in the “earlier part” of the next Scottish Parliament term.
She said in November last year: “I think the referendum should, for a whole variety of reasons, be in the earlier part of the next parliament.
“I intend to say more about this before the election in our manifesto, but we are still in a global pandemic that I feel a bit more hopeful about seeing the end of that than I did even just a couple of months ago.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty ahead.
“I’m a life-long believer and campaigner and advocate for independence, bit right now I’m also the first minister of Scotland.
“My responsibility is to the health and wellbeing of the country and trying to steer it through a pandemic and I’m very focused on that.”
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