“There may be special circumstances for Northern Ireland, but that can only be with the consent of the people of Northern Ireland.”
Posts Tagged: Nigel Dodds MP
Also: Democratic Unionists attack Corbyn for backing IRA as it murdered judges; and growing concern of risk of loyalist violence against backstop.
The Prime Minister’s tour of the United Kingdom sees him square off against nationalists from Sinn Fein, the SNP… and Welsh Labour.
Strengthening Ulster’s bonds with the mainland starts with ending the de facto exile of its unionist politics – if Johnson and Foster have the imagination and will to see it done.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: May is no Trump, no populist, but nor is she much of a parliamentarian
The Prime Minister looked alone at the Despatch Box.
“Why do we need another two weeks? What is going to happen in another two weeks that couldn’t have happened up to now?”
The Ribble Valley MP says that May’s neglect of her Northern Irish allies is one of the worst cases of political misjudgement he has witnessed in his career in the Commons.
The panel, comprising legally-trained Conservative and DUP MPs as well as outside experts, set out their full legal reasoning for rejecting the deal.
A functioning Government would whip for Malthouse Two – the plan backed by Steve Baker, Nicky Morgan, Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Simon Hart and others.
And it’s a thumbs-down for the revised deal from Cash, Raab and the committee of eight lawyers. No surprises there.
Which presumably means, since Dodds is one of the eight, that the DUP takes the same view.
Some Associations will have received ‘guidance’ from CCHQ on whether a motion passed at the National Convention can be replicated at Association AGMs. The answer, of course, is yes.
The latter, we believe. And we caution against presuming that they are predisposed to support a revised deal.
Also: Labour hint at laws compelling private businesses to deal in Welsh; SNP divided over ‘soft indy’ call; and DUP hold their line on the backstop.
The Brexit Secretary argues that “we should not give them that excuse not to engage”, and therefore should vote with the Government.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: Corbyn digs himself into a hole as the Prime Minister starts to unite her party
The Leader of the Opposition looked totally incapable of taking over.