British diplomats have been told to stop referring to the “four nations of the UK” and instead refer to the Union as a single country, according to reports.
A story in The Sunday Times said that the idea had been put forward at a meeting hosted by the Prime Minister with the aim of strengthening links between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
According to the report, civil servants working for the UK Government will be “told to change the way they speak about the UK”, with references to the “four nations” discouraged.
Instead they will reportedly be told to refer to the nations in the Union as one country. In fact the UK is comprised of four nations.
The SNP (Scottish National Party) have hit out at the revelations, saying that the change in rhetoric would show that promises of a Union of equals have “turned to dust”.
The party’s depute leader at Westminster Kirsten Oswald MP (below) said:
“In equal measures this just shows how panicked the Tories are about the SNP’s election victory in May, how arrogant they are with their power, and how out of touch they are with the people of Scotland.
“It also shows how their promises of Scotland being an equal partner in a four-nation UK within the EU have completely turned to dust. They quite simply cannot be trusted.”
Independence is now the only way for Scotland to achieve equal partnership from a Westminster Tory government that thinks it can treat Scotland any way it likes and get away with it.“