Also: Welsh Government abandons separate testing app to join UK-run scheme; Gove tries to downplay the Irish Sea border.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland
Also: Kawczynski clashes with colleagues over the future of Welsh devolution; Government capitulates on an Irish Sea border; and more.
Stephen Booth: On the Northern Ireland Protocol, the UK’s negotiating hand is stronger than people think
The formal deadline for agreeing an extension to the transition period is close, but Britain is unlikely to ask for one.
Sturgeon, Wales, the shutdown row – and why a Four Nations policy is no substitute for a One Nation policy
The unique circumstances of the pandemic temporarily forged a common response, but cracks are already appearing and will only deepen.
Owen Paterson: Cameron’s Coalition was formed ten years ago today. It left us a message of hope that we should honour.
As a member of his first Cabinet, I was tested in Northern Ireland – as elsewhere the new government reduced the defict and reformed public services.
“That will set out how we can take these graduated steps back to what will be a different normality.”
The available evidence “leads to a conclusion that the death rate in Northern Ireland is almost identical to that in the Republic”.
Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes: On balance, the pandemic strengthens the case for extending the Brexit transition
The choice could have profound consequences for the future of the UK economy, not just for next year but for decades.
Also: Welsh Labour demand less alignment with London on coronavirus policy; and Sinn Fein isolated in objecting to Army support in Northern Ireland.
Stephen Booth: The UK and EU should agree a deal this year. The implementation period is the tricky part.
With draft texts exchanged, it’s unlikely that the Government will seek out a Brexit extension.
Shanker Singham: Brexit – and why the transition period must not be extended beyond December this year
To remain in it for any longer than necessary would leave the fragile economy we will have after Covid-19 very vulnerable.
I am redoubling my engagement with its business community, which needs to know that our committment to ensuring UK connectivity remains strong.
Also: Opposition parties force the SNP to abandon a bid to suspend trial by jury; and more good reading on the fallout from Alex Salmond’s acquittal.
Theresa Villiers: Some close to government would accept the total liberalisation of trade in agriculture. Here’s why they’re wrong.
We should make tariff reductions conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.
To deliver on his promise to the House of Commons, the Secretary of State will need to overcome deeply entrenched attitudes in his own Department.