Also: A good week for devoscepticism as Hunt urges Johnson to rule out new powers for Holyrood; Lidington and Mundell issue warnings on the Union; and more.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Bill 2) Richard Ekins and Stephen Laws: Grieve’s plan to prevent prorogation is too clever by half
If MPs want to disrupt the constitution and limit prerogative powers, they should say so in terms, not indirectly with a nudge and a wink.
Northern Ireland Bill 1) Maria Caulfield: Damaging, opportunistic, anti-democratic. The Commons should reject these abortion amendments
There has been no consultation with those who live in the part of the UK that these changes would affect.
Plus: Johnson, not a populist. Hunt’s beside manner. Lewis and his highly professional CCHQ team. And: the courage of 16 year old Ajay.
Also: Next Prime Minister faces tricky questions on devolution, same-sex marriage, and abortion in Ulster; and May orders a review of devolution – will it do any good?
He has a clear plan to leave the EU, and as a former Brexit Secretary I can say that it is credible and has my support.
Just as high performing and well-led schools were allowed to convert to being academies, good local councils should have the chance of financial independence.
The Commission which drew up the report will publish alongside it next month a Draft Alternative Arrangements Protocol.
Mark Harper: We need a date for Britain to leave the EU. But here’s why it can’t be October 31st – much as I’d like it to be.
So how are we going to get a new deal? The key is to build strong relationships, both across the Party, with our DUP allies, and with our European partners.
Also: MPs criticise Foreign Secretary over Ulster veterans; Johnson makes Thomson his Scottish campaign chief; and fierce competition to lead the NIO.
Henry Newman: The Alternative Arrangements Commission offers the best route through the backstop problem
There are real, viable answers to this sticky problem. But rebuilding trust may be as hard as resolving technical questions.
The GATT XXIV plan – and why Brexiteers should pay the EU the compliment of taking its negotiating stance seriously.
Leavers insist correctly that the EU is a political project first and foremost. Which helps to explain why this scheme is unlikely to fly.
Alexander Temerko: Without a softer Brexit, the Conservatives will be destroyed. Who can best deliver it – Hunt or Johnson?
Speaking to many donors at the Birmingham hustings on Saturday, I found that the Foreign Secretary’s quiet assurances were more attractive to them.
Hunt interview: “I’m clearly second-placed now to Boris, and ready to argue that we have better choices as a country than he is offering.”
He says he’s best placed to deliver Brexit, slash corporation tax and beat Corbyn. And adds “I am not going to criticise Boris for going to a posher public school than me.”
But the Commons has dug in against the Withdrawal Agreement. These immovable obstacles seemingly point in only one direction: a general election.