‘UK-wide approach’ to tackling Covid has strengthened the Union claims Michael Gove
A “UK-wide approach” to tackling Covid-19 has strengthened the Union, according to Michael Gove in a new publication.
His words appear in Strength in Union, which will be launched at the Conservative party conference and includes a contribution from Welsh Secretary Simon Hart and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Michael Gove, who became Minister for Intergovernmental Relations tasked with dealing with the devolved administrations in last month’s reshuffle, says in the collection of essays that the Union “grows stronger with every day that passes”.
His claim that a “UK-wide approach” to Covid-19 has strengthened the Union comes despite health being an issue devolved to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and those administrations displaying a great deal of variation in measures to tackle the pandemic.
“The relationships that have stood us in good stead for generations have also equipped us very well for the future,” he said. “We should celebrate our vision of a prosperous, progressive and dynamic country that has adapted over time and will continue to do so.
“A country that champions the robust institutions like our great universities in which we take such pride, and which reflect the distinctive traditions from around the UK — but that also embraces diversity and change.
“Looking ahead, I believe the case for a United Kingdom grows stronger with every day that passes. And just as we tackled Covid-19 with a UK-wide approach, so we should work together to build back better — banking the progress we have made so far and building a sustainable, long-term economic recovery for the whole country over the next five years and beyond.”
Strength in Union has been compiled by Andrew Bowie, the West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine MP, and the Centre for Policy Studies, the centre-right think tank.
It will be launched tomorrow at the Conservative Party conference. It also includes essays by the secretaries of state for Scotland, Northern Ireland and now Lord William Hague of Richmond, the former Welsh Secretary and Conservative Party leader.
“There is one unifying thread throughout — that the Conservative Party must remain laser-focused on the many things which Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have in common, against those who would divide us,” Andrew Bowie said.
Robert Colvile, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said: “The advantages of working together are so much greater than the costs of splitting apart.”