The End of the Union: Or at least England's Part in it | 27.09.16

The End of the Union: Or at least England’s Part in it | 27.09.16

The End of the Union: Or at least England’s Part in it – The Academic and Personal Case for English Independence

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Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University

On the 27th of September Colin Copus, Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University gave a talk on the case for English independence.

In the talk Professor Copus addressed:

  • Despite the tensions between countries within the Union, England and Wales both had majorities in favour of leaving the EU – is that enough to keep the union together?
  • Should the Union stay or, should England gain its Independence leaving the UK as a Union between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
  • Can we divorce amicably or will it all end in tears?

In the talk Professor Colin Copus states that England has the most to gain from the end of the union – not least the rediscovery of its culture, history, traditions and nationhood, all of which he believes have been smothered by the Union project. Copus also argued that “England has three enemies and they are not Scotland or Wales, rather they are: the left, the right and the British. The left despise any symbols of Englishness or displays of English nationhood: the right see England as the real danger to the Union; and, the British – those who are English but who would never call themselves so – feel somehow different and superior to the English and are also Unionist in views”.

Pictures show Professor Colin Copus and David Melding AM.

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