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Ensure no new internal barriers are created after Brexit

Last updated: 04:05pm 12 February 2019

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.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.37

Our verdict

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.

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