Is the UK government serious about the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly?

There have been 47 plenary sessions of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly and its predecessor body since 1990. They usually take place in Ireland or GB. Many Taoisigh have addressed the meeting and underlined their support for its work. But never has a British Prime Minister done the same.

Being in London it would have been a golden opportunity for the British PM, David Cameron to break the mould. Or Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister with formal responsibility for the work of the British-Irish Council could have stepped into the breach.

Parliamentarians from both sides of the sea and from various parties told me that they were deeply disappointed that neither man had found
the time to attend. Must do better next time.

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  • BarneyT

    By British Irish you mean England and repunblic of Ireland rather than cooperation between the Irish and British on this island. We should be talkin Belfast and Dublin not Dublin and London . I don’t see the point on less were going to restore per partition stays in Ireland and have another crack at home rule. Repeating that history in current climate would trigger unwanted recreations. The British already have a presence here and that’s not going to change so I’m not surprised an English pm would distance themselves

  • BarneyT

    By British Irish you mean England and repunblic of Ireland rather than cooperation between the Irish and British on this island. We should be talkin Belfast and Dublin not Dublin and London . I don’t see the point unless were going to restore pre-partition days in Ireland and have another crack at home rule. Repeating that history in current climate would trigger unwanted recreations. The British already have a presence here and that’s not going to change so I’m not surprised an English pm would distance themselves

  • sherdy

    This assembly was set up as a sop to try to keep unionists pacified, and as such they have no interest in its actual performance or existence.
    if it dies a natural death they probably won’t even attend the funeral.

  • Charles_Gould

    “We should be talkin Belfast and Dublin not Dublin and London ”

    Why? Surely London is the important player?