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Friday, December 08, 2023  
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Partition of Great Britain: India-, Pakistan-origin leaders may decide fate

Humza Yousaf is expected to push for Scotland's independence
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Twitter users of both Pakistan and India join hands as leaders originating from both countries – UK’s Rishi Sunak and Scotland’s Humza Yousaf– could be presiding over the partition of Great Britain.

The development could become a reality if Pakistan-origin Humza Yousaf – who was elected as the leader of governing Scottish National Party (SNP) – gets a vote in the Scottish parliament and takes over as head of the semi-autonomous government.

One of his mottos of the campaign was to make a renewed push for independence. “The people of Scotland need independence now more than ever before, and we will be the generation that delivers it,” he said in Edinburgh after the result.

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak is an Indian-origin British Prime Minister, who is in favour of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom. During his first visit to Scotland, Sunak met with then-SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and highlight the benefits of remaining in the UK.

However, with Humza expected at the helm, it is believed that he would push for Scotland’s independence.

Here is how Twitter users reacted to the development as they relate it to the Pakistan-India partition.

A user wrote: “Wouldn’t it be a marvellous poetic justice if children of South Asian migrants presided over the “Partition” of Great Britain? No one could’ve seen this coming.”

“So a new First Minister of Scotland, of Pakistani-origin, will be negotiating with the Indian-origin Prime Minister on the partition of Britain?” another user wrote.

A user called it the Mountbatten plan.

A user congratulated Humza and asked him to sit with Rishi and finish unfinished 1947 decision of partition of subcontinent by Britain along with Scotland.

“I can’t help but find it hilarious that an ethnic background Indian and Pakistani may end up negotiating the partition of Britain.”

Another user stated that he won’t stop laughing if it happens.

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