Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Angus Robertson asked a clever-clever question about the expected demise of the Northern Ireland Assembly

At Prime Minister's Questions the SNP's leader Angus Robertson asked a clever-clever question about the expected demise of the Northern Ireland Assembly requiring the postponement of Article 50:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-38586483

Far from holding us up, it is encouraging to think that the entire Brexit process could be carried out during a period of direct rule of Northern Ireland - far from getting a veto, or even having their views consulted, Sinn Fein have ensured they will have NO voice in the Brexit process because they will have no official status in a devolved administration.

Looking at the Irish situation from a wider perspective, Brexit means effectively the ending of any logic to the power-sharing process.

The Good Friday agreement was based on the assumption that the border between the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom would fade in importance as each country became provinces of the EU.

This is not now going to happen.

Personally I think it would be good to have a hard border with the Irish Republic and certainly I want to see the ending of the automatic right for southern Irish people to enter the United Kingdom and vote in our elections.

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