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New ‘Union Unit’ has met but UK Gov refuses to disclose further details

22 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
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The UK Government has confirmed that new Union Strategy Committee has met but it has refused to disclose any further details.

The secretive Cabinet committee was established in February as a replacement for the Union Unit which had become embroiled in bitter infighting, losing two of its leaders in two weeks.

The National Scotland has previously requested details from the UK Government about the committee through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. But the Cabinet Office refused to even confirm or deny if any meetings had taken place.

However, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has now confirmed that the committee has met.

When asked by the National Scotland to confirm if the Union Strategy Committee had met, Gove said: “I don’t think we’re allowed to say which Cabinet committees meet at which time, but yes, the Union Strategy Committee has met and there’s also the Union Policy Implementation Committee which has met as well.”

Ministers understood to sit on the committee, include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove, and the Secretaries of State for the devolved nations, including Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.  It is understood that Boris Johnson is the chair of the committee.

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Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Hart is usually blowing his own trumpet…. this new committee must be really putting the boot into us if he’s not allowed to crow about it.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

Basically the English want to whitewash Wales and Scotland’s history, culture and language and replace it with their own under the name of the “union”, a one sided “partnership” run by the corrupt and undemocratic Westminster.All they will come up with is “You’re not Welsh, you’re British, here look at our queen standing there waiving at you peasants” and this will be their arrogant downfall.

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Ahh, there’s nothing like Open Government.
No resemblance in fact.

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  Erisian

“How are things at the Campaign for freedom of information, by the way?”
“Sorry. Can’t talk about that”

Yes Minister – The Next Prime Minister – YouTube

Life imitating art imitating life, methinks.

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
1 month ago
Reply to  Welsh_Sion

Sir Humphrey was permanent secretary at the Ministry of Administrative Affairs, which is known in real life as the Cabinet Office. In 2012, the real-life Cabinet Office’s permanent secretary was appointed to the board of the Information Commissioner’s Office, a non-exec post that he still holds. He’s no longer in charge at the Cabinet Office, but he still chairs the independent (!) Civil Service Commission.

Life does indeed imitate art.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 month ago
Reply to  Erisian

There’s nothing like open government and this is nothing like open government.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

Given Gove’s cocaine habits and track record on constitutional affairs Wales has nothing to worry about. He spent two years on the UK Bill Of Rights only to finally come up with a title and nothing else.

As if that weren’t humiliation enough the constitutional lawyers in parliament declared the title illegal and told him to stop immediately before he became guilty of treason in undermining the Sovereign.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

If it infringes the 1686 English Bill Of Rights, is the “UK” itself illegal?

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  j humphrys

As we have no ‘Act of Union’ with England any more (WLA 1993), I suggest the Disunited Kingdumb is finished.

Dafydd
Dafydd
1 month ago

Waiting for the Queen to die to ramp up their attacks on any divergence from English (British) and to roll back devolution.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago
Reply to  Dafydd

First they’ll try and impose William onto us as the next ‘Prince of Wales’. That will be when the sh*t really hits the fan. The rumpus in 1969 will pale into insignificance with the demonstrations likely.

Clive
Clive
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

It certainly will… At 74 I’ll be at the barricades to stop that medieval nonsense1

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Don’t be too surprised if Charles gets by-passed and we have King Billy placed on the throne especially if Betty Battenburg bats on beyond 100, which is quite possible. King Billy designate is a real sack of nasty tricks despite his outwardly smarmy manners. He’s a prize example of the entitled aristocracy cum kleptocracy at the highest level. Prince Harry never stood a chance especially when he turned up with his lady and all the hang ups about race and foreigners in general crashed to the surface once again. We Welsh can’t expect any favours from these monsters just cos… Read more »

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Can’t see Elizabeth doing that. Too hard a time for last years, and now in the hospital too often. One problem many on here think next door are powerful.
Those of us who have spent time in Europe think otherwise.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
1 month ago

If they are so confident about the union, why are they meeting in secret?

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Gove: Right, chaps. We have no ideas as to why there any advantages of the Union. Mustn’t let those Welsh and Scottish buggers know that. That’s why we’re meeting it secret. Everybody got it?

Others: Rhubarb, rhubarb. [A few nods].

Gove: Next on the Agenda. Whose round is it?

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
1 month ago

Does anyone else think that the tories are true fascists?

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

They are fundamentally anti-democratic and imperialistic in their desire to hang on to their Welsh colony and to keep hold of Faslane and Scottish oil, but whether they follow the precepts of what was fascism during its brief heyday is a question that is open to debate. Bear in mind that “fascist” is used as a meaningless hate word against pro-indy groups and individuals by dodgy interest groups such as the disgraced former central committee of YesCymru who demoted Welsh independence in their list of priorities. The Tories do run close to meriting the term, though, albeit that they have… Read more »

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