There might not be time, but it at least now appears that a UK-EU deal on Brexit is conceivable.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland Assembly
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.
From Brexit to social issues, our Union is under growing pressure. Westminster must take a well-informed and pro-active approach to my Province.
Also: Davidson urges Tories to work harder for Euros; Bradley branded ‘unfit to govern’ by abuse victims; SNP turmoil deepens; and more!
Also: Will Lyra McKee’s murder in Londonderry be enough to re-start the political process in Northern Ireland? It doesn’t seem likely.
If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
Why not give the electorate the chance to pass judgement directly on Sinn Fein and the DUP’s ‘red lines’?
Also: SNP insist on leading Holyrood inquiry into Sturgeon’s handling of Salmond allegations; and Ulster Unionists call for Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Paul Bew: The Backstop would undermine the Good Friday Agreement – but there is a way out of this paralysis
Under international law, it can only be a temporary arrangement – and this must be put in explicit, legally binding, terms.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.
The Prime Minister clearly thinks she can talk her own backbenchers into supporting her deal, but could find no way of conciliating the DUP.
Also: Scottish Conservatives keep up the pressure over fishing and the backstop; Plaid set out new front bench; and Bradley empowers Northern Irish civil service.
Lee Reynolds: What the Belfast Agreement does and doesn’t say about the UK-Ireland land border – and much else
It doesn’t support the EU and Irish Government narratives that are being pushed as part of the Brexit negotiations.
Also: Bradley retains May’s confidence as she takes belated action on MLA salaries; Plaid’s new, right-wing leader offers prospect of Tory pact; and more.