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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    A lot depends on the economic outcome of the pandemic. It does appear that a significant amount of office work is shifting out of London, mostly to the South East but it may help the levelling up agenda to (by accident). Warrington would be fitting both as a practical mid point and because it...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    If the system isn't changed soon then Scotland and Northern Ireland will leave. Even if Wales stays then the Tories would still be at a huge advantage.
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    The then Home Secretary Thersea May hinted this wouldn't happen and the SNP basically accused her of bullying Scots. When Scotland goes independent a United Ireland will follow (if it hasn't already happened). Why would England and Wales want 5.5 million Scots to have Citizenship of England and...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    The 4 main Saxon Kingdoms (later Earldoms) of Northumbria, Mercia, Wessex and East Anglia would be a bit more useful if we are restoring history. Add in London and a few additions and boundary changes and they would make 6 English states. That would be the south, London, the midlands, East...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    It has an Assembly already. There are elements of education and policing that are devolved.
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    We already have a federal UK but with no English state(s).
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    He tried but it was a poor attempt and was rejected in a referendum (North East Assembly with few powers). Petty local rivalries make a northern state unviable despite the shared interests. The obvious place to start would be London. It's nearly as big as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    Education, Health and Policing are devolved in the UK already, just not within England. Some functions and some taxes would remain at a federal (UK wide) level. The "One Yorkshire" metro region proposed to replace the initial Metro regions would have a population of 5.3 million. Greater...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    Germany has 16 states with a population about 20% larger than UK. US states have an average population of just under 7 million. 7-9 English States + Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be directly comparable. 5-7 million is an optimal level for good governance, states and countries that...
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    Eurostar: Juxtaposed Controls, Customs, Regulation from 01/01/2021

    Not much will change for Eurostar next year. By the time demand recovers the EU will have rolled out ETIAS. That will make entry or non entry a quick decision for French border officials at St Pancras. The UK version will likely take longer to roll out but will produce the same outcome.
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    Yes but no state dominated to the extent England dominates the UK. Even Prussia only accounted for the minority of Germany's population, even directly before unification. Next year's census will show an English population of 57-58m, growing at approximately 400,000 a year. The rest of the UK is...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    Yes it was (and prior to that it was in a union with Netherlands and Luxembourg). England as a state within a federal UK won't work. It is 5/6ths of the population and would dominate any democratic structure by its sheer size. English voters won't accept English parity of representation with...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    A NI referendum could be a way of delaying a second Scottish referendum by a year "you have had one, let Northern Ireland have a go". SNP would never support running them in parallel. A no vote would send a strong message to the rest of the world (particularly EU and US) and a yes vote would...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    79% of Conservative supporters in proper opinion poll in the summer agreed with statement that brexit was worth losing Scotland and Northern Ireland. Having to a absorb most of the 850,000 unionists would no doubt significantly change Irish society and identity and remove a source of ongoing...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    2021 census will likely show a Catholic majority. I think the biggest shift has been English voters being prepared to risk the union for brexit. Its funny watching people who weren't keen on the union keep warning brexiteers that brexit will end the union because they think its a weak spot. In...
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    Would federalism ever work in the UK

    The problem with 4 states is that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will demand parity with England. SNP have propose an elected replacement to House of Lords with equal representation. Why would England with 86% of the population ever accept an English vote having much less value? I think...
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    Is it still Labour policy to renationalise the railways?

    A nationalised operator would still run services in both Scotland and Wales i.e. current Avanti, LNER, Cross Country and GWR cross border services. I don't think a single operator for England + cross border services would be politically viable. TfN would want to take over Northern, probably...
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    Quarantine

    I think your taking questioning of the 4am cut off literally when most people who don't like it, really don't like the quarantine situation full stop or at the other end of the spectrum, don't want foreign travel full stop. What you said should be obvious to the vast majority of people but it...
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    Is satellite TV soon to be a thing of the past?

    The Digital Terrestrial network (Freeview) will probably go before satellite network. Its radio wave spectrum allocation is currently being shrunk to sell additional 4g mobile licences. Very few people cannot have a satellite dish. Flats almost always have a communal dish or are sufficiently...
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    Boris to resign? (Speculation) And who should replace him?

    He wouldn't resign because a new PM would be appointed immediately after the general election. He would no longer be an MP after the general election nor would he have been the leader of a party during the general election. Its been done in other countries with a parliamentary system. The...

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