Following the 2008 Financial Crash, a cost-cutting austerity policy is followed and a referendum about remaining in the EC is won by the No vote. Brexit is finally achieved, followed immediately by the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic. A new world is dawning. and the country remains divided on a number of issues concerning gender, race, the global climate and the future of the Union.
After days of negotiation, David Cameron became prime minister of a coalition government with Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, acting as his deputy. The coalition agreement committed the new government to severe cuts in government expenditure whilst making provision for a real increase in NHS funding; income tax relief would be provided for many workers on low pay by an increase in personal allowances; fixed term parliaments were to be established and a referendum was to be held on changing the electoral system from the existing first-past-the-post system to a proportional representation system. The two parties remained deeply divided on the question of Europe with a considerable number of Conservative members remaining hostile to the EU, whilst it was a fundamental matter of faith among Lib Dems that the UK must remain committed to European Union - however they agreed to rule out joining the Euro or any further transfer of sovereignty whilst the coalition government was in power.
The glue holding the coalition parties together was soon tested in a dispute about permitting a major increase in students’ tuition fees.
2010 A General Election produces a ‘hung parliament’. David Cameron forms a coalition Conservative/Liberal Democrat government with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg (born 1967) as his deputy.
~ Gordon Brown resigns. Ed Milliband (born 1969) beats his brother David (born 1965) to become the Labour party leader.
~ Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, aiming to reduce the deficit in government finances, announces severe cuts in public spending.
~ A Euro Debt Crisis develops as several states including Ireland are unable to refinance their government debt or bail out failing banks and, being members of the Euro club, cannot use devaluation as a monetary tool.
~ Justice and Policing powers are devolved to the Northern Ireland Executive.
~ The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday 1972 declares the shooting of 27 civilians by the army unjustified. The prime minister apologises.
~ The cap on tuition fees is raised to £9,000.
~ Nigel Farage becomes leader of UKIP again.
~ The millionth Landrover is produced.
~ Pitcairn Islands receive a democratic constitution and remains a British Overseas Territory.
~ Beavers breed in Scotland after 400 year absence.