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Sionaidh Douglas-Scott on the constitutional implications of Brexit

In her Mansion House speech in March, in which she outlined her plans for leaving the EU, Theresa May stated that she ‘would not allow anything that would damage the integrity of our precious Union’. We have heard much about Brexit and ‘the will of the people’. Yet the people who voted in the 2016 referendum did not speak with one voice. They were divided by age and geography and, not least, by which of the four nations of the UK they belonged to: 62 per cent of those voting in Scotland, and 56 per cent in Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the EU, while 52.5 per cent of voters in Wales backed Leave, as did 53 per cent in England.

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