I'd read it not just as an effort to get unionists on board #WithdrawalAgmt but a nod towards post-Brexit governance.
Here’s an ‘essentials’ guide..
I really hope that isn’t a coincidence.
& if it isn't, it's a pointed reminder to those who claim to be concerned abt the representation of NI that they cd put more effort into getting Stormont up & running.
Others will be too, but we cdn’t expect detail or substance on commitments at this stage.
(Besides, perhaps it's a duty of politicians in NI to bring forward proposals re: enhancing representation of NI..?)
On the ones that are significant for Northern Ireland, I’d pick out 5...
NB If this wasn’t forthcoming UK would still be legally obliged to ensure NI compliance.
So be wary of ‘veto’ notion. The whole WA (& Single Market) will not at any point hinge on a decision of MLAs.
There is a lot more that could be done here, but it’s a start.
Those already in support of the WA in NI see this already.
Those critical of it are unlikely to be convinced, mainly cos their priority is either UK pol. union or GB economy.
& thus avoiding a hard border is essential, because (it is implied) to not do so wd diminish support for the Union.
A new twist on 'principle of consent' – perhaps informed by fact majority vote in NI was Remain?
First, devolution is back on the agenda; in fact a ‘new chapter for devolution in the UK’ is heralded.
NI Assembly to have ‘significantly increased powers’, but there will also be boons for Scotland & Wales [no detail]
Serious commitment to the Union, no?
What are the chances of it being grabbed & run with by politicians here in NI..?