Beyond England

Stormont Assembly
Three years to the day since the Stormont Assembly collapsed, the British and Irish governments have published a deal for the restoration of power in Northern Ireland. Late on Thursday night, the Northern Ireland Secretary, Julian Smith and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney published a joint proposal urging all parties to sign up and reconvene at...
Iran crisis

Iran crisis – UK withdraws embassy staff in Iraq and Iran

The Iran crisis is gathering momentum. Revenging the US's killing of general Soleimani, Iran has fired 22 missiles at army bases hosting coalition and US soldiers in Iraq, warning that these airstrikes may only mark the start of its retaliatory action. While attempting to distance himself somewhat from Donald Trump's actions, the Prime Minister has ordered to reduce staff...

N Ireland businesses want £100m Brexit compensation

Buisness leaders in Northern Ireland are demanding £100 million cash-compensation from the UK government for any disruption to trading caused by Brexit. The call comes following a meeting between leading...

Migrants crossing the channel desperate to start a better life

2019 has seen the number of migrants crossing the channel grow three-fold in 2019. On Boxing Day, the coast guard found 60 migrants attempting to reach UK shores. According...

Stormont talks resume in Northern Ireland to end the political vacuum

In an attempt to break the deadlock and end the political vacuum in Northern Ireland, Stormont talks resumed on Monday. Yesterday, new Northern Ireland MPs took their seats in...

‘Forget Farage, vote Tory’ say MEPs quitting Brexit Party

Three Brexit Party MEPs have resigned the whip and called on Leave supporters to forget about Nigel Farage and vote Conservative instead. The MEPs carried out their “mutiny” just a day after another Brexit Party MEP was stripped off the party whip - and just one week before the general election. The group of four – including Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata –...
Russian election interference

Russian election interference – Hillary Clinton wants report released

Although disliked by many, Hillary Clinton has never been afraid to speak her mind. During her UK visit she spoke about Russian election interference and said she was 'dumbfounded' at the British government's refusal to release the report. She said that 'every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens.' Downing Street has...
electoral pacts in Northern Ireland

Electoral pacts in Northern Ireland – pro-remain parties team up against...

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

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, abortion and same sex marriage law change took effect. From January onward, gay couples can enjoy the same rights and privileges as straight couples. However, GPs have urged politicians to...