As 2017 draws to a close, the United Kingdom is in better shape than many of its supporters had dared to hope.
Posts Tagged: The Union
James Bundy: Schools, housing, social mobility – and the passionate case that Scottish Conservatives must make
Voters aren’t focusing on the constitution, but on the SNP’s record in Government. We must be ready to capitalise on this by telling then the truth.
Her new administration would be on the right side on the big issues – Brexit, immigration, Islamism; and would likely feel its way towards the right answer on the economy and trade.
The Union rests on a bedrock of overwhelming economic logic, but it should be so much more. Let the Prime Minister channel Joe Chamberlain.
Peter Duncan: The Prime Minister’s gamble in Scotland – and why pressure for another independence vote may become unstoppable
Any result which sees the election of more than 45 nationalists will raise some awkward questions for May as she forms her new government.
Henry Hill: The election and Scotland. May is pursuing the most muscular and confrontational unionist strategy since Major’s.
It may go horribly wrong. It’s hard, however, to see that she can be blamed for trying.
Also: Brokenshire insists restoring Ulster devolution remains the focus; Sturgeon may try to defy May over a referendum; and why not make Gibraltar actually British?
Dean Godson: Deal or No Deal. What happens if we leave the EU without a comprehensive agreement? A call for evidence.
We are keen to gather views from interested parties (such as businesses, industry groups, politicians, academics and others) about what would happen.
Her speech yesterday sought to turn a weakness into a strength- by projecting Britain as a globally-engaged, progressive, aid-friendly country.
“We will put the interests of the Union – both the parts and the whole – at the heart of our decision-making.” May’s Scottish speech: full text
She argues that overseas aid is a prime example of how a united, global Britain is a force for good.
WATCH: The Prime Minister in Scotland – “The strength and stability of our Union will become even more important”
Theresa May addresses the Department for International Development ahead of the Scottish Parliament’s upcoming vote on a second independence referendum.
Christopher Howarth: Sturgeon’s vanishing independence options. There would be no automatic EU or EEA membership for Scotland.
A curious alignment of remainer Unionists and Scottish nationalists was convinced that Brexit would cause the end of the UK. Fortunately, they were wrong.
A third-rate leader like her – who can’t even run her schools properly – wants to make me a foreigner to my other half, and turn my home into “abroad”.
Well, it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?
The most ominous portent for a second poll is that the No campaign has collapsed. It needs rebooting urgently.