Ensure no new internal barriers are created after Brexit
Last updated: 04:05pm 12 February 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.37
We expect that the outcome will be a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration but we must also ensure that as we leave the EU no new barriers to living and doing business within our own union are created.
Although related to Brexit, this policy is about the relationship between the countries within the United Kingdom. Based on the wording in the manifesto, the key areas to look at are the relationships between the devolved governments and the UK government, and the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
There are related policies covering both these issues (and more – see ‘Related policies’ below), neither of which will be decided until we at least know the conditions of our exit from the EU are know. We do know that the devolved governments are concerned about a power-grab by the UK government as law-making powers are passed back to the UK from the EU. We also know that the issue of the Irish border backstop has been a key sticking point in getting support for the Withdrawal Agreement.
So for now, this is ‘in progress’. We’ll know more once the conditions of our exit from the EU are clear. Follow this policy for updates.
Get the detail
- Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop – BBC
- Brexit ‘power grab’ row heads to the Supreme Court – The New European
- Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration – Gov.uk
- Create a more unified, strengthened United Kingdom
- Maintain a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
- Bring law-making power closer to the people
- Work with the devolved administrations to deliver common legal frameworks
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