Northern Irish, Scots Would Rather Stay in EU Than UK
Without an agreement to regulate Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, a majority of Northern Irish and Scots would rather remain in the bloc than in the United Kingdom.
Even with the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated, which provides for a two-year transition out of the EU and avoids a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a majority of Scots would prefer to break away from the UK. Read more
Germany Approves Russian Pipeline, Five Stars Call for Deal with League
German regulators have approved the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would help Russia bypass Ukraine and its other former satellite states in Eastern Europe.
Germany and the Netherlands, the two main beneficiaries of the pipeline, are virtually isolated in Europe in their support for it.
Nord Stream 2 would double the capacity of the existing Baltic Sea pipeline, but it makes no economic sense. Russia uses perhaps 60 percent of its existing pipeline capacity. The only reason for adding a connection is that Russia wants to be able to blackmail Ukraine without interrupting its gas supply to the rest of Europe.
Regulators in Denmark, Finland and Sweden still need to sign off on the project. Read more
If Northern Ireland Gets Special Deal, London and Scotland Want One Too
The leaders of London and Scotland have called for special status if Northern Ireland is somehow partially exempt from Brexit.
Londoners overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU and a similar deal here could protect tens of thousands of jobs.
Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, agrees:
If one part of UK can retain regulatory alignment with EU and effectively stay in the single market (which is the right solution for Northern Ireland) there is surely no good practical reason why others can’t.
A majority of Scots also to stay in the EU last year. Like Londoners, they were overruled by majorities in favor of Brexit in England and Wales. Read more
Conservatives Have Neglected Their Responsibility to the Union
The full name of Britain’s ruling party is the Conservative and Unionist Party, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they have governed lately. Read more
Scotland Delays Independence Plans in Wake of Election Defeat
Scotland’s ruling nationalists have delayed plans for a second independence referendum with Nicola Sturgeon, the regional first minister, arguing it is “too soon right now” to make a decision.
The climbdown comes after the Scottish National Party went down from 50 to 37 percent support in parliamentary elections. Read more
Second Scottish Referendum Unlikely After Voters Punish SNP
A second Scottish independence referendum seems unlikely after the region’s separatists lost almost half their seats in Britain’s general election.
The Scottish National Party won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in Westminster in 2015 but lost 21 of them on Thursday.
Among those defeated were Angus Robertson, the SNP frontman, and Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland. Read more
What Britain’s General Election Result Means
Britain’s ruling Conservatives are projected to lose control of Parliament. The exit poll for Thursday’s election shows them falling from 330 to 314 seats. Twelve more are needed for a majority.
Assuming the exit poll isn’t too far off, what does this mean for Britain’s next government, its major political parties and the process of divorcing the United Kingdom from the EU? Read more