Confusion in the UK, where each nation deconfines at its own pace

A support wall for the NHS in Belfast, April 30.
A support wall for the NHS in Belfast, April 30. Niall Carson / AP

The deconfinement officially began this Wednesday, May 13 across the Channel: it is only a question of "Baby steps" (small steps), Boris Johnson said, but British will be able to return to work "If they can't telecommute" added the British Prime Minister, hitting the greens and tennis courts, and even pushing to the beautiful region of the Lake District in north-west England if they wished.

Please note: this is not the case for the Welsh, the North Irish and the Scots, who still have to " stay at home " to the maximum, according to the instructions of their respective governments. In Wales, garden centers will reopen, but the beaches will remain inaccessible. Scotland allows more than one outing per day, but just for exercise: no picnic or camping attempt… The four nations of the United Kingdom are therefore deconfigured in scattered order, making this step delicate particularly confused, and reviving in the passage of the constitutional tensions muted at the beginning of the pandemic.

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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon was one of the harshest critics of Mr Johnson's plan on Sunday, May 10, "Vague and imprecise" and regretting having discovered it " in the media ". Does England think it can get ahead of the other three nations? Why not, but the boss of the independence party SNP – a formidable communicator – said she refused to play "Russian roulette" with the life of the Scots, and clarified: "If you are in Scotland, it is Scottish law that applies, and the law, at the moment, says that you should only leave your home for essential reasons. "

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on May 10 in Edinburgh.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon on May 10 in Edinburgh. – / AFP

"Should we go to work if we live in Scotland but are employed in England? wonders Kathleen Nutt, journalist at National, a Scottish pro-independence daily. The British government should have kept pace with the slowest nation out of containment. " "These differences in strategy risk leading to chaotic situations, especially at the borders, and they highlight the complexities of our devolution system (the four nations have their own powers, but the main sovereign powers remain in Downing Street and Westminster) ", adds Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Center for European Relations, confined to Edinburgh.

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