U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a closely watched visit to Scotland on Friday, hailed Britain’s Leave vote, drawing parallels to the anger driving his own presidential campaign.
While the U.K. has officially voted to leave the European Union, Remain-majority countries Scotland and Northern Ireland are already making noises about their own departure from the U.K.
According to the British Social Attitudes Survey, in 1995, 63 percent of the British public were in favor of reducing immigration. By 2008, this had risen to 78 percent, where it has stabilized.
Voters will have to answer the question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
There is little doubt that with Euroscepticism on the rise, Brexit would strengthen populist, anti-Brussels parties across the EU, increasing the potential for fragmentation and leading to what some see as a real risk of the structure unravelling.
Here we look at Scotland and Northern Ireland and ask how likely a Brexit could lead to a breakup of the UK if Brexiteers get their way on June 23.
Farage was pressed on a number of occasions to reassure voters that a vote to leave would not discriminate against ethnic minority Brits.
Alexander Gauland, deputy chairman of the Alternative for Germany party: “Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but a faith linked intellectually with a takeover of the state.”
Many diehard Remainers regard the Leave campaign’s stress on immigration as proof that it is a movement that ultimately rests on racism and xenophobia.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, has said a British vote to leave the EU would be the first step in what he hoped would be the disintegration of the bloc.