We set five tests for it. Does this draft agreement pass them? And does it really take back control of our borders, laws and money?
Posts Tagged: The Union
“We have gone from no deal is better than a bad deal, to any deal is better than no deal.” McVey’s resignation letter – full text
“I cannot defend this, and I cannot vote for this deal. I could not look my constituents in the eye were I to do that. I therefore have no alternative but to resign…”
“I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country.” Raab’s resignation letter – full text
“No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control… nor the ability to decide to exit”.
The UK should copy Canada only in regard to how it pursues a deal, and that means securing one that is bespoke to our economic needs and realities.
Nick Hargrave: The Conservatives should be thinking ahead about a future border poll in Northern Ireland
Ireland has in recent years moved from a restrictive semi-theocratic state to a more relaxed definition of Irishness. And then there is Brexit…
Alex Hedger: Corbyn sells the pass on a second Scottish referendum. And the Coalition of Chaos stirs in its unquiet grave.
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.
Lord Ashcroft: My latest polling explores the tensions and controversies around the union and Northern Ireland’s border
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.