"The plurinational state of the United Kingdom"

Should the United Kingdom be explicitly defined as a plurinational entity, and if so, how would this work? 
Bolivia, for example, is officially "The Plurinational State of Bolivia" according to its 2009 Constitution, Article One of which states (quite wordy with the English translation): "Bolivia is constituted as a Unitary Social State of Pluri-National Communitarian Law that is free, independent, sovereign, democratic, inter-cultural, decentralized and with autonomies. Bolivia is founded on plurality and on political, economic, juridical, cultural and linguistic pluralism in the integration process of the country." https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/Bolivia_2009#s1912

Plurinationalism, for some, might be admitting the reality; for others it might be seen as the decisive blow in the break-up of Britain. Some might also say: do we even need to write this in a constitution, are we not basically run as a plurinational state anyway? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Gavin Russ Apr 12, 2015

Hey Harry, 

'Plurinational' is an interesting concept. It, it works,allows for an acknowledgement of diversity in all forms that the state is required to enact on the behalf of the individual and so, I think term has merit. However, perhaps it is limited in terms of 'plurality' . The danger might be that on overemphasis might remove the right of devolved institutions to accurately assess how they more locally assess the needs of individual citizens?  Pluairity and national might not work because it might have a tendency to seem to be too diverse. Personally, I prefer 'commonwealth' which is rather ironically Might be seen as being, more inclusive. It strengthens the notion of union as opposed to difference. Would welcome a response. 

Harry Blain Apr 14, 2015

That is a good point Gavin. But do you not think it's simply acknowledging reality to say clearly that the UK is made up of multiple nations? "Commonwealth" is not a bad alternative but seems a bit old-fashioned to me.

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