doesn't code the same way because they're an anglosphere country/our jolly friends across the pond but the UK is rapidly becoming an "illiberal democracy" as Fareed Zakaria would put it. one reason the Tories are so strong is they absorbed supporters of the far-right parties.
anyway yeah if I were Scotland and NI I'd get the hell out and let England consign itself to its chosen fate
honestly don't know the deal with Wales
talking myself into a United Republic of Great Britain and Ireland (NO England Allowed)
[Carol Reed voice] I never knew the Old London before the war, with its Albarn music, its glamour and easy charm.

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