The Labour leader is ready to bargain his way to power by bidding for the support of the SNP in the event of a hung Parliament.
The Brexit negotiations ought to have highlighted to both sides how the Union is best served by a strong cross-water alliance.
Also: Pro-UK think-tanks torpedoes SNP’s economic case for independence; Plaid suffers ‘major rift’ as MP savages Wood; and more.
Crucially, opinion is not just divided between Leave and Remain, but between the Province and the mainland.
Also: Robinson calls for fixed-term border polls in Ulster; Wood sets departure date as leader of Plaid; and the architect of ‘The Vow’ comes out for Scottish independence.
The SNP leader wants instead to engage people in the ‘substantive arguments’ for breaking away from the UK.
Also: Davidson wisely opposed ‘The Vow’ in 2014; Jones proposes special conference to decide Welsh Labour leadership election rules; and more.
At Policy Exchange, we see prosperity, people, place, and patriotism as the four pillars of a politics which seeks to unite the four nations, town and country, and north and south.
New polling shows that national identity is a strong, emotive force – but also that it remains poorly-defined.
Perhaps – if the Brexit Secretary can demonstrate that his proposals are compatible with May’s red lines, and saleable to the DUP.
Also: Davidson calls for ’emotion bonds’ of the Union to be strengthened; SNP face tough choices on independence ‘summer offensive’; and more.
Some remainers will not give up on the idea that the UK is about to fall apart, but the latest evidence of that from Ulster is threadbare at best.
For all its compromises and ambiguities, it is the only practicable means to hand of giving the province something approaching normalcy.
It does not stipulate that an invisible border with the Republic trumps the integrity of the United Kingdom.
As 2017 draws to a close, the United Kingdom is in better shape than many of its supporters had dared to hope.