“This would mean a very big change to the EU Withdrawal Bill that is before Parliament and a significant step forward in these negotiations.”
The Prime Minister, despite her personal unionism, is setting a course for stormy constitutional waters. It will fall to her successors to navigate them.
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For all its compromises and ambiguities, it is the only practicable means to hand of giving the province something approaching normalcy.
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein could persuade their communities to back the compromises necessary, they have not done so.
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Polling shows that a majority want important decisions to be taken locally, but very few believe this to be the case today.
Whoever leads the Conservatives into the next election needs to gamble some of its political capital on winning over young, urban voters.
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The former Brexit minister argues that the Government cannot succeed in the negotiations without setting out clear goals.
The electorate have never had the chance to vote on whether the Assembly should have tax powers, and local politicians fought hard to prevent it. It’s no mystery why.
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Transport for the North can now set its own priorities and make its own plans – but Westminster must devolve more powers to allow it to reach its full potential.
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