Also: Commons gives Bradley the power to cut MLA’s pay – but the Government insists that it isn’t introducing direct rule.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland
Dublin threatens to cut off its nose to spite its face, apparently in a misjudged attempt to pressure the UK into abandoning Brexit. This is a serious error.
A tour de force from May. Utter failure from Labour’s leader. And: how Blair’s Iraq legacy gives credence to deranged conspiracy theories.
Also: Bradley talks up pay cut for MLAs; Williamson to protect troops from SNP tax hike; Foster attacks Varadkar for overstepping in talks; and more.
Also: Welsh Government accused of trying to narrow inquiry into Sargeant’s death; Sturgeon attacks disgraced ex-SNP minister for clinging to seat; and more.
The International Development Secretary’s response to the Oxfam scandal appears to have impressed Party members.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
“It’s about whether we have some kind of partnership that allows frictionless trade at our borders and recognises that there is a very difficult situation in Northern Ireland.”
WATCH: Coveney says May’s speech was welcome – but “we know no more detail than we did about the border”
“We also welcome the fact that she renewed her commitment to the agreement before Christmas between the UK and the EU.”
“I want to be straight with people – because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.” May’s Brexit speech – full text
“We need to resolve the tensions between some of our key objectives…but there are some tensions in the EU’s position too – and some hard facts for them to face as well.”
Plus: Major’s error. The Prime Minister’s jokes. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And: the angels want to wear my red suit.
The Belfast Agreement does not mandate the British Government to prioritise a ‘soft’ border over Ulster’s ties to the United Kingdom.
Andrew Lilico: Brussels has reneged on the Phase One deal – it’s time to walk away from the Brexit talks
The Government was very clear about what it agreed to on Northern Ireland last year, and the EU’s proposals are not compatible with it.
Henry Hill: SNP square up for court battle as Holyrood chief says their Brexit bill is unconstitutional
Also: AMs vote to publish inquiry into whether Jones leaked Sargeant’s sacking; Davidson announces Tory push to form Scottish Government; and more.
The Brexit negotiation. Raindrops keep falling on May’s head. But that doesn’t mean her eyes will soon be turning red.
Yes, the negotiation may break down. But some of the playing to the gallery has a ritual element about it, not unlike the staged theatrics of all-in wrestling.