In what is probably a last ditch attempt to prevent Scotland becoming a Independent Nation there has appeared am "All Party" group calling for a Federal UK
According to their Website the Constitutional Reform Group state that
The draft Act of Union proposes a constitutional relationship in which the peoples of the UK agree which centrally controlled policy areas should reside in Westminster, and agree the devolved powers to be controlled in the assemblies and parliaments of Holyrood, Cardiff and Stormont. The Act also contains options for the governance of England, including a directly elected English parliament sitting in the House of Commons, or a nationwide expansion of regional devolution similar to that seen recently in Manchester.
It goes on to say
Rather than Westminster reacting under pressure for more devolution, the Act would provide that the four countries of the United Kingdom should agree what powers are to be transferred and reserved by Westminster (for example, national security, foreign policy and indirect taxation such as VAT), and what should be governed locally.
The new Act also provides an option for the House of Lords to be replaced by a new elected chamber to represent a new federation of the UK.
The long title of the new Act of Union is: “
Can it work?
Well it depends on what they mean by Federalism.
Take Foreign Policy for Instance to what extent would the views of the various Federal Governments be taken in to account?
The whole point about the Brexit referendum is that Scotland will be taken out of the European Union against their will?
To what extent would the new Union be dominated by English representatives in a Federal UK Parliament.
Would it have a permanent English majority or would it see equal representation in the number of MPs from the Federal Nations or at least some kind of Balance
For Example in 300 member Parliament
150 English MPs
100 Scottish MPS
50 Welsh MPs
50 Northern Ireland MPs (Which could see almost half boycotting it )
This may be acceptable to some but would England still seeing itself as the senior Party accept a diminished influence in what it will still regard as its Parliament.
It would have to take a fundamental change in Unionist thinking which quite frankly seems impossible
Although the term "Better Together" apparently won the vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum they appear have to have lost the argument.
I can see the danger in pointing out that Better Together means that English legislators are in a majority , because the last thing I want for the independence campaigns in England and Wales to take up an Anti- English rhetoric.
But the fact is that even a small move to Federalism would mean that English influence in the Federal Parliament would be diminished and I can't see them accepting this.
I'm afraid Independence is the only answer.