Peter Hitchens says he’d ‘enjoy look on Nicola Sturgeon’s face’ if England broke away from UK

Mr Hitchens believes England "needs to find a new place in the world in which we can be content"

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Peter Hitchens says he would “enjoy the look on Nicola Sturgeon’s face” if England broke away from the United Kingdom.

Mr Hitchens previously called for England to leave the UK because he has “given up” persuading other nations to stay in the union.

The Mail on Sunday columnist, writing a comment piece for the Daily Mail, said the move to leave the UK would not be described as “independence”, and instead a “restoration of England”.

Peter Hitchens speaking to Mark Steyn
Peter Hitchens speaking to Mark Steyn
Mr Hitchens said he would enjoy "the look on Nicola Sturgeon's face" if England left the UK
Mr Hitchens said he would enjoy "the look on Nicola Sturgeon's face" if England left the UK

And speaking further about his calls to leave the union on GB News’ Mark Steyn, Mr Hitchens said he believes it would help “England accept its standing in the world”.

He said: “It was and I don’t see why we shouldn’t’ have it back, I think it would be a great moment for reflection, restoration and understanding of who and what we are.

“I don’t imagine that if England did pull out of the United Kingdom and re-establish itself as what it was that it would continue to behave in the way it has done for some time as the United Kingdom.

“One of the things I hope to do, apart from enjoying the look on Nicola Sturgeon’s face when she realises that Scotland really was independent and have to cope to with that.

“One of the things I wanted to do was to get England to accept its standing in the world, we had the most tremendous period of world power, I don’t think any country in such a small size has ever been so powerful or so rich.

“But it’s over and we need to find a new place in the world in which we can be content.”

His comments come as calls grow to hold another Scottish independence referendum.

Among those calling for the vote is the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Mr Blackford recently said the SNP is not seeking the Prime Minister’s “permission” for Indyref2, as the only permission it would need is the “democratic permission of the Scottish people”.