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A [former / firmer] prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the [onion / union] of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into [oblivious / oblivion] ". He also warned of a serious [economic / economy] disaster ahead after the UK [leave / leaves] the European Union. He wrote about the dangers [of / at] the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is [alas / also] Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the four nations of the UK could be [on / in] trouble. He is blaming nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their [independence / independent] . He said the United Kingdom is no [longer / lengthy] a totally united kingdom.

The United Kingdom [contrasts / consists] of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the [forth / fourth] being Northern Ireland. The [full / fully] title for all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown [beliefs / believes] that Brexit has made people in [each / all] country want independence. Most people in Scotland [voting / voted] against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are [talked / talks] of a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also [worries / worrying] over a possible physical border [between / among] Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that [national / nationalism] is now driving British politics."

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