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Elections: UK holds its breath
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Elections: UK holds its breath

Second day of suspense in Scotland, which should also be the last. This Saturday, the fourth nation of the United Kingdom should finally know if the Independentists of the Scottish national party (SNP) have fulfilled their promise to obtain an absolute majority (65 seats) in the Scottish Parliament of Holyrood (129 seats). This absolute majority being the condition set by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to demand that London call a referendum on independence.Election for independence in ScotlandThe legislative election, which is taking place at the same time in Wales, has turned into an election for independence. The last referendum on this issue took place in September 2014. To the question: "Should Scotland become an independent country?" », 55% of Scots answered no, ...
UK rocked by headwinds
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UK rocked by headwinds

When he came to power in 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a volunteer, camped in front of his microphone, declared his commitment to the« awsome Foursome », the "Fantastic quartet", England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom. But for how long before he is the gravedigger? Because as a party member "Conservative and unionist", according to the designation of origin of the Tories, Boris Johnson considers that these nations have too many powers. And in private, in front of some members of the Conservative Party, he does not hide it, decentralization (devolution) was there "Biggest mistake" by Tony Blair, his distant predecessor.However, since 1998, thanks to this process, Scotland has had its own parliament,...
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The broken kingdom

Almost five years ago, the British people voted by a - narrow - majority in favor of withdrawal from the European Union. Years of negotiations with the other Member States followed until the official departure on 1is last january. Many trade issues remain to be settled with the continent. But, at least, the political chapter of Brexit could seem closed. In reality, it is not. Except this time around, the problem lies within the borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - according to its official name.The general elections to be held in Scotland and Wales on Thursday risk exposing a rift between England and the rest of the kingdom very clearly with the push of a secessionist vote. Likewise, recent tensions in Ulster have highlighted the nega...
UK bishops want to encourage faithful to return to mass
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UK bishops want to encourage faithful to return to mass

A reflection on the challenges facing the British Church in the world « post-Covid ». Following its Spring Plenary Assembly, which took place from Monday 19 April to Thursday 22 April, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) issued a pastoral letter, The day of the Lord, in which they exhort believers to return, physically and regularly, to Sunday mass.While acknowledging that he is "Impossible to predict », At this stage, the precise time it will take to emerge from the crisis, religious leaders endeavor to distinguish three main groups of faithful: those who have lost the habit of going to places of worship - or who do not return for fear of contracting the virus; those who have reduced their practice by focusing their lives on other priorities; o...