Beyond England

electoral pacts in Northern Ireland
Following the announcement of the electoral pact between the UUP and the DUP, few expected pro-remain parties, including Sinn Fein and the SDLP, to forge their own alliances. Electoral pacts in Northern Ireland have been a feature in Unionist politics for many years, but Brexit has changed the Northern Irish political landscape. Pro-remain parties forge electoral pacts in Northern Ireland Up...
second Scottish independence referendum

Second Scottish Independence referendum – The odds

The UK's Brexit woes have taken a toll, not least on the stability of the Union. In Northern Ireland, calls for a border poll are growing louder, and in Scotland, the SNP is now demanding a second Scottish independence referendum in 2020. Nicola Sturgeon spoke at an independence rally on Saturday to bridge the gap between grassroots independence campaigners...

Abortion and same sex marriage law change in Northern Ireland

On Monday, campaigners for same-sex marriage and the abortion law change reaped the rewards of decades of campaigning. Despite attempts by the DUP to block its passing, the much-anticipated,...

DUP ‘can’t support’ PMs new Brexit deal

The Democratic Unionist Party have dealt a “shattering blow” to Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans, saying they “can’t support” the Prime Minister’s new deal to leave the EU. A DUP statement...

N Ireland’s abortion law breaches human rights

The High Court has ruled Northern Ireland’s abortion law breaches UK human rights in a landmark case described as “a turning point for women.” Sarah Ewart fought the case...
Brexit

New independence referendum will happen, says Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that there will be a second independence referendum in Scotland. She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today that another poll was ‘inevitable’ but that she would wait until Brexit was resolved before pressing ahead with her plans. Sturgeon told Marr: "Another Scottish independence referendum is going to happen. Nothing in life is absolutely certain,...
Irish Brexit

Border backstop the only option for Ireland, says minister

The Irish economy would come under ‘significant stress’ if the UK crashed out of the EU without a deal next March, the country’s foreign minister said yesterday. Simon Coveney also told the Irish broadcaster RTÉ that the backstop solution for the border with Northern Ireland was the only workable option. He said the Irish government had not made any further plans...
Northern Ireland

Stormont power vacuum halts Northern Ireland reforms

Vital education, health and housing reforms in Northern Ireland are being thwarted by the power vacuum at Stormont, the province’s top civil servant has said. The devolved power sharing Government of Northern Ireland collapsed in January last year after a row between the two main parties. With the Westminster government unwilling to reimpose direct rule, civil servants have been making day-to-day...

EU austerity has hurt people across Europe Corbyn says

The EU’s austerity policies have hurt ordinary people and could encourage the rise of the far right, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told an audience of Euro-socialists. Corbyn also told the Congress of European Socialists in Lisbon that Labour believed in respecting the result of the UK’s 2016 EU referendum. He said it was the left’s responsibility to ‘shape what comes...
Scotland

Brexit deal will be devastating for Scotland, says Sturgeon

Scotland will be left worse off if the UK government’s draft Brexit agreement is passed by Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. She said the SNP’s 35 Westminster MPs would vote against Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal when it comes before The Commons on December 11. The withdrawal agreement and political declaration that accompanies it will make Scotland poorer and...