Also: Will Lyra McKee’s murder in Londonderry be enough to re-start the political process in Northern Ireland? It doesn’t seem likely.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland Assembly
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.
Also: Davies pledges more diversity and radicalism from the Welsh Tories; fears of Labour stitch-up in race to replace Jones; and more.
Both the NIO and Number Ten have developed an irrational fear that a majority will soon back Irish unity.
The Brexit negotiations ought to have highlighted to both sides how the Union is best served by a strong cross-water alliance.
Also: Welsh Tory leadership hopefuls would put pacts with other parties to the membership; unionists turn on Robinson over united Ireland comments; and more.
Also: May pledges no hard border on visit to Ulster; Williamson plans to compensate troops for SNP tax hikes; Welsh Assembly to rebrand; and more.