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Alex Kane: Second Brexit referendum is now unavoidable

Alex Kane
Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England and, like me, on the Leave side of the EU referendum campaign in 2016, was bang on the money when he expressed his concerns earlier this week: “We haven’t had a credible bargaining position, because we hadn’t put in place measures where we could say to our colleagues in Europe, ‘Look, we’d like a free-trade deal, we think that you would probably like one too, but if we can’t agree, don’t be under any misapprehension, we have put in place the measures that would enable us to leave without one’.

Secretary of state's announcement has far-reaching implications

It has not gone unnoticed that secretary of state Karen Bradley announced a package of measure with far-reaching ramifications for Northern Ireland on the day that Jonathan Bell was due to make his much anticipated appearance before the RHI inquiry.

400 new digital consulting jobs a welcome boost to the economy

The announcement of 400 new jobs by PA Consulting yesterday can be seen as a vote of confidence in the Northern Ireland workforce and a positive reflection of our education system which is providing the skills sought by the technology sector.

Those at the bottom will play for Sinn Féin’s lack of action

I read Colm Gildernew’s letter (August 21). He  linked the Civil Rights 50th anniversary to the recent hot topics of equality, the Irish language and the upcoming changes to electoral boundaries and ended with the words “we shall overcome if we continue to work for it”.

GP reforms a welcome step forward

The report by Professor Rafael Bengoa on transforming the health system in Northern Ireland contained a number of significant proposals aimed at improving the delivery of services.

Sporting grants should be extended

There would be enormous regret if, as looks increasingly likely, an important coaching project for primary schools organised by Ulster GAA and the Irish Football Association becomes the latest victim of the political stalemate at Stormont.

Bank Buildings trees symbolise new hope

The survival virtually unscathed of two trees directly in front of Belfast's historic Bank Buildings, after it was gutted in a massive fire last week, was bordering on the miraculous.

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