Restoring Northern Assembly could avoid a painful Brexit

The government has boxed itself into a corner on the backstop - but a fresh approach on devolution might help

14th July, 2019
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ‘has made a calling card of his hardline stance on Brexit’ Pic: Getty

In London last week, I was part of a discussion panel that included DUP leader Arlene Foster, Tory MP Sir Graham Brady, Labour peer Lord Adonis and historian Lord Bew. The theme of the gathering, organised by the Policy Exchange think-tank, was what advice to give the new British prime minister on the thorny issue of the backstop.

My advice was simple: immediately lift the phone to the Taoiseach and propose an initiative to restore...

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