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Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Image Credit: AFP
Matt Smith

In the winter months of 2019, we finally saw the back of Brexit - hopefully - and watched the death throes of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership as the United Kingdom overwhelmingly backed Boris Johnson and the Conservatives to lead the nation into a new decade.

However, a look at the voting map with only a little scrutiny reveals the ‘nation’ is not quite as unified as you might first think.

The Scottish National Party gained almost every seat up north for their cause in London during the December 12 election, shattering Labour’s hopes of taking power, kicking out the Conservatives and even humiliating the Lib-Dems as their leader - Nicola Swinson - could not even hold on to her seat.

England and Wales was a sea of blue as the results came in, but Scotland became more and more a wave of SNP yellow.

The party won 48 of Scotland’s 59 constituencies. Overwhelming sounds a bit superlative.

All of which means that the beaks in London will again have to listen to their noisy neighbours and their request for an independence referendum.

Yes, we have been through all these independence shenanigans before in 2014, with a slender majority opting to remain a part of the UK.

But now the momentum seems to be back with the separatists, and this time they might just get their way.

December’s seismic shift in pro-SNP backing means the ‘United’ Kingdom may not be united for much longer.