How fascinating to see Jim Allister paying into rising expectations of a deal. He characterises J&P thus:
I must, therefore, warn unionists to prepare for a catastrophic roll-over by the DUP on meeting Sinn Féin’s strategic demand of ending British control of
policing and justice the two most potent symbols of sovereignty in any nation.
So Jim has been an integrationist all along! But take a look at Scotland Jim, with its separate legal system lasting several centuries before the SNP devolved government. Scotland was still in the UK when I last looked . And note too that the NI judicial system peaks in the UK Supreme Court in Parliament Square Westminster, and that the Tories are pledging to introduce a Sovereignty bill to reaffirm the supremacy of Parliament he longs to sit in. So relax Jim, life is good.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London