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From the Queen’s speech…  June 23, 2017

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A priority will be to build a more united country, strengthening the social, economic and cultural bonds between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

My government will work in cooperation with the devolved administrations, and it will work with all of the parties in Northern Ireland to support the return of devolved government.

What cultural bonds in particular and what about where such cultural bonds are non-existent or aren’t held by those who live in those areas? How does that work? How does one build a more ‘united’ country where a significant number in both Scotland and NI don’t want a more united country? Presumably a sop to the DUP.

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1. EWI - June 23, 2017

Presumably so, as the Tories for some strange reason elevated the ‘province’ to an unaccustomed new second-place in the ranking order for this speech.

A troubling question is; what happens to the GFA committment of Westminster being neutral on the future of NI?

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2. Joe - June 23, 2017

What cultural bonds in particular? I’m not sure what the term ‘culture’ encompasses and what exactly a cultural bond is. But this bit of the Queen’s speech seems harmless enough to me.
Who’s against strengthening cultural bonds? If they ask me, I’ll suggest the already strong cultural bonds that could be further strengthened might include our peoples’ common interests in football (soccer, the Premier League etc), music, literature, shared history, disagreeing with and slagging each other off and so on.

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3. FergusD - June 23, 2017

Interesting aspect of Brexit will be what of the powers returning to the UK will be properly develoved to Scotland. Apparently only specifically reserved powers should go to the Westminster parliament, by default the rest, inrespect of Scotland, should go to Scotland ‘s parliament. Suggestions from MAy that this may not happen as the Union must be strengthened.

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