News

Boris Johnson will be ‘front and centre’ in saving the union, senior civil servant claims

18 May 2021 2 minutes Read
Boris Johnson. Picture by Kuhlmann /MSC (CC BY 3.0 DE).

A senior civil servant has claimed that Boris Johnson will be “front and centre” in trying to save the union.

Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, suggested that Covid and Brexit had put preventing the breakup of the UK “at the forefront of policy making in Whitehall”.

This follows Philip Rycroft, who was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU until 2019, saying that “imperious disregard” for the devolved administrations was making keeping the union together more difficult.

Case told the House of Lords constitution committee: “You are going to see the prime minister front and centre of maintaining the integrity of the Union and actually more importantly, getting all of the constituent parts of the UK operating fully together for the benefit of everybody who lives and works inside the UK.”

He said the civil service would not“devolve and forget” anymore because the pandemic had led to more awareness of the work of the devolved governments.

“If you’d asked me only a few years ago did I think that devolution or the Union was at the forefront of policymaking in Whitehall I would have said probably not,” he said.

“I think the experience of both Brexit and obviously more recently Covid means that so much more of government, so much more of policy, involves consideration of devolution or union questions much earlier in the process. In everything that we do we should be thinking how it impacts on the Union.”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
8 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Quornby
Quornby
29 days ago

Johnson “front and centre”. Great! We can look forward to independence with total confidence.

Mandi A
Mandi A
29 days ago

Please can we have a Boris filter so we don’t have to see that face on here.

Letmeout
Letmeout
29 days ago
Reply to  Mandi A

Especially not in gurning “thumbs up” mode

Mandi A
Mandi A
29 days ago
Reply to  Letmeout

Looks like his piles are troubling him

Suns ine De se ts
Suns ine De se ts
29 days ago
Reply to  Mandi A

There is a Trump Filter extention for Chrome to remove Trump from the internet The creator has made the code open source on github. So it would be easy to adapt for BJ.

hdavies15
hdavies15
29 days ago

No one seems to have learned any lessons with this oaf – Don’t let him handle the expensive porcelain or anything else you wish to keep unbroken.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
29 days ago

I wonder if that senior civil servant was able to keep a straight face while bigging up this unemployable fifth-former as the answer to Greater England’s prayers. Mark Drakeford might come across as your taid, but give me his mild-mannered gravitas and sense of purpose over his opposite number in Westminster any day. My answer to our friend from the Civil Service: Bring it on!

Paul Hoskins
Paul Hoskins
29 days ago

Johnson being front and centre of any project dooms it to an inevitable and costly failure.

Our Supporters