It should be about the relationships between towns, cities and regions, as well as between the four nations that make up our United Kingdom.
Posts Tagged: The Union
It would bring with it many compensations, including regulatory freedom, tariff income and £39 billion of cold, hard cash.
David Shiels: By talking up a No Deal Irish border poll, Ministers are playing into Sinn Fein’s hands
The topic is being discussed – including at Cabinet – but that in itself is not convincing evidence that such a major change is imminent.
It would be responsible for promoting the British brand right across the country – and there is a lot to promote.
Our survey. May’s Deal. A majority of Party members would support it were the UK able unilaterally to leave the backstop
But the majority for such a solution is slender. And well over two in five respondents reject the deal entirely.
“I am a serial loyalist. I have never rebelled against the Government… and I do so with a heavy heart, but with a clear head.”
“I served in Northern Ireland, and I lost good colleagues – to protect the Union. I will not vote for anything that doesn’t protect the Union.”
The first department to need boosting post-March. The Treasury? Business? Transport? No: Northern Ireland.
The challenge to “our precious union” will be as much constitutional as economic – Deal, No Brexit…or No Deal especially.
We need a new strategic partnership with Ireland. At the moment, that end seems endlessly remote.
Its freedom to prosper, to make and judge its own laws, for its people ‘to take back control’ over how or by whom they are governed – all these will be lost for ever.
When I tried to focus these concerns by calling for a vote to see if this deal did indeed have the agreement of Cabinet, opposition crumbled – and my colleagues fell silent.
If you’d had to guess which of their MPs would rebel on the deal, Lamont and Ross wouldn’t have made the top six.
“We entered into the confidence and supply agreement in relation to supporting Brexit on the basis of our shared priorities.”
Stephen Booth: The backstop. It’s problematic for the EU as well as the UK – whatever you’re told to the contrary.
There is concern in some capitals that the UK can use it to secure privileged access to the Single Market in goods with, over time, a competitive advantage.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.