I’ll believe it when I see it… July 10, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
It’s being pushed forward into the light by the:
…Constitution Reform Group, convened by former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Salisbury, is to make the the case for radical constitutional change in the UK by claiming the need has been boosted by the vote to leave the European Union.
Their proposals say the existing union should be replaced with fully devolved government in each part of the UK, with each given full sovereignty over its own affairs. The Westminster parliament, the group says, should then be reduced to 146 MPs. The individual nations and regions of the UK would then be encouraged to pool sovereignty to cover the matters they wish to be dealt with on a shared basis.
The proposals say they “start from the position that each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a unit that both can and should determine its own affairs to the extent that it considers it should; but that each unit should also be free to choose to share, through an efficient and effective United Kingdom, functions which are more effectively exercised on a shared basis.”
Yeah, well, I see the name of one D. Burnside involved and I wonder how it would impact on Northern Ireland. And note that ‘international’ functions including treaties would remain the responsibility of the federal centre. How does that mitigate negative outcomes as perceived by ‘Remain’ voters in NI and Scotland?
A lot of ambiguity too in other areas. No sense of the parliamentary structures of the federal state, but the reason for all this is telling:
Members of the group have made clear they are partly motivated by limiting the momentum towards Scottish independence following the 23 June vote to leave the European Union. “It would pull the rug from under independence,” said Lord Hain, while Salisbury argued his proposals would hand the initiative back to unionists.
It may be a bit late in that respect.