Moving the border north and east?

Reg Empey has described the proposals in the RPA as moving the border up to Portadown. It has a catchy ring to it, but aside from their new responsibilities for roads and planning, it’s hard to see how the new councils can amount to such a loss of sovereignty. In theory, at least, as Alex Maskey pointed out yesterday, the Assembly remains the kingpin chamber for Northern Ireland.

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