Right from the Brexit Referendum announcement, we warned that a vote to Leave the EU risked breaking up the UK.
The other 27 states in the EU recognise a bargaining chip when they see one. With around 50% of the population in both Northern Ireland and Scotland straining to break free of the UK Union, they’re holding two very high value chips.
with the UK Cabinet.
While the House of Lords hogged the limelight discussing amendments to the Brexit Bill,
the UK Cabinet spent most of its time this morning discussing the importance of the UK Union.
Query: Does Theresa May finally realise it is under particular strain as she prepares to pull
the trigger on Art 50?
Her spokesman refused to go into any details of what was said
“A word to the wise is enough”
“Brexit means Brexit ” ,
“The answer I gave is the answer I gave”
“Red white and blue Brexit”.
“You’ll see what we publish when we publish it”
but admitted that the Cabinet spent hours underlining how important the Union is to the UK
Comment: Understandable sentiments from the Cabinet – the UK wouldn’t exist without the Union
And the Scottish Secretary of State was quick to deliver the message
Arlene Foster says the Union serves to stop Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein and radical Republicans and Nationalists from taking power in Stormont – even though they do hold it already
Queries: Why don’t they tell us why the Union is so important? And how? And to whom?
Scotland is already asking “Why we do need the Union? Give me a positive reason for it now”
PM Theresa May’s spokesman said ministers “touched on” Scotland’s feelings about Brexit and issues with the Northern Irish border
Comment: In other words they said to each other “we’ll just say to them . . . . .”
The PM’s spokesman insisted it was a general and wide-ranging discussion. They probably made plans.
Challenged over whether
declaring their love for the Union was a worthwhile way of spending their time,
instead of addressing the NHS, social care crisis and worries about business rates,
the spokesman said Cabinet was still “most relevant”.
Comment: In other words the UK cabinet has finally realised . . . . .
No Scotland, no Northern Ireland and no EU membership = no oil, no seat on the UN security council,
= no more demands that have to be satisfied by the rest of the world,
= no influence, no banking passports, no punching above its weight,
= no guarantee former colonies and Commonwealth countries will welcome it with open arms,
= no shipbuilding and little heavy industry, no farming subsidies, no funds for research and town building . . . . . .
In other words the Cabinet realises the UK is lost without its Union
and that everyone else
Query: Will the UK trigger itself out of existence, and off the stage of history, as it triggers Art. 50?
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