“However, even if it is passed by the Assembly..”

Some of our commenters, you know who you are, are getting exercised about this BBC report following yesterday’s Northern Ireland Executive’s discussion of draft legislation for a Department of Justice. There’s an iol report which notes the need for caution.

The legislation is a key part of the long-delayed process to transfer policing and justice powers from London to Stormont.

However, even if it is passed by the Assembly, it will still require a further resolution asking the British government to devolve the necessary responsibilities.

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Pete,

    re.Caution.

    are you referring to the para below – wansnt that always the case that the Englezes had to formally transfer power?

    “However, even if it is passed by the Assembly, it will still require a further resolution asking the British government to devolve the necessary responsibilities.”

    or

    are you referring to the straw man* (my favoured expression of the day) of the finance issue raised by the DUP – this was also in the BBC report.

    But the substantive issue here is more movement by the DUP towards the transfer in spite of the growing(?)electoral threat of the TUV. But surely they neeed to get a move on (which although some might accuse them of dancing to SF’s or the Engleze government’s tune) is better than running the issue on towards the May/June elections – and handing TUV/Jimbo a politically fresh political stick to attack them with.

    *Finance has replaced talk of triple locks and political lifteimes and seeems a convienent method of the DUP changing the debate away from Unionist confidence.

  • Ulick

    I thought the Brits had already devolved the “necessary responsibilities”. If not what was all this about (10th April 2009)

    http://www.irishnews.com/appnews/540/5860/2009/4/10/614853_378044210610Assemblyg.html

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Ulick,

    I think there may be a legal distinction between the setting up of the ministry and the transfer of the actual policing powers from Westminster to the assembly – which is what is still required.

  • danielmoran

    that reminds me, hasn’t irish robinson gone very quiet since her exposure as a free loader on her constituents?
    shinners could pull a fast one now and refuse to accept whever brown offers. this circus at stormont will be all over bar the shouting by easter, and a japanese hotel will taken over.