Author: Robert Henderson

Devolution and an in-out referendum

In part 1 I looked at the UK electoral arithmetic which suggested that England might well  vote to leave the EU  while one or more of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would vote to stay in the EU.  I then proposed a strategy to diminish the stay-in vote in the Celtic nations. This was to bring home the realities of life in and outside the UK for Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. The primary matters the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish should be reminded of before they vote to leave the UK are: Wales and Northern Ireland are economic…

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Devolution and an EU In/Out Referendum – The Electoral Arithmetic

Little attention is being given to the implications for an IN/OUT referendum of the ever more potent devolution being granted within the UK.  A policy needs to be developed because there is every chance that England will vote to leave the EU while one or more of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and probably all three) will vote to stay in. That would produce a serious constitutional crisis especially if the three small home countries get much greater powers than they have now. An England voting to leave and at least one of Scotland, Wales and N Ireland voting…

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The Scottish referendum and the accidental emergence of the English voice part 2

How to prevent the sabotage of the English political voice   There are already frantic elite attempts to fudge the English question. As soon as the NO vote was certain, the mainstream media, LibDem and Labour politicians started pushing the idea of devolving the powers Scotland had to either English regions or councils. The BBC was particularly assiduous in this respect with Radio 5, who started their propagandising for devolution (which would deny England a Parliament) as soon as it became clear in the early hours of the morning that the NO vote would win. Devolving to English regions…

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The Scottish referendum and the accidental emergence of the English voice part 1

Cameron’s “solution” to the constitutional imbalance produced by devolution   The morning after the NO in the Scottish independence referendum vote David  Cameron  said this: The question of English votes for English laws – the so-called West Lothian question –requires a decisive answer. So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and at the same pace as, the settlement for Scotland.”…

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