UK Election--A Possible Positive View
Two items from yesterday's UK elections that have the ability to really shake things up over there:
First, in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) went from 35 seats to 48 seats in the 59 seat country. As pointed out in today's Evening Blues, the Scots have already started motion on a new independence resolution, and there is a very good chance this will succeed. The Scots in general are *not* in favor of Brexit, and now with the Conservative win making Brexit a certainty, Scotland has incentive to break off from the rest of the UK and save their economy. Conservative leader Boris Johnson is using Scottish fishing areas as a bribe to get more favorable treatment from the EU for Brexit (basically, giving the rights to fish in those areas to the EU, and taking them away from Scotland). If Scotland breaks off from the UK and remains in the EU, that will give Scots the right to continue fishing off their shores. (Fishing is big in the Scottish economy.)
Second, in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) lost two seats, effectively handing a majority of seats to three other parties (Sinn Fein being the largest) who favor reunification of Northern Ireland with Ireland. Now that Conservatives have an vast majority, they will likely eject DUP from their alliance (DUP helped them achieve a majority previously).
We will see over the next year or so whether Scotland and Northern Ireland try to break away and what happens if they do try. It's at least within the realm of possibility that the UK will not include those two populations soon. However, I would not doubt that England/Wales will resort to drastic measures to make sure that does not happen.
Honestly, I'd love to see the UK break apart peacefully. It would reduce their influence, which with the current Conservative government, would be very welcome.