Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has Ministers from the Cabinet Office on steps being taken to strengthen the Union. This took place at Cabinet Office Questions on 23rd October 2019, the transcript of which is below:

Giles Watling MP:

“What steps the Government are taking to strengthen the Union.”

Oliver Dowden MP (Minister for the Cabinet Office):

“The Government are committed to strengthening the links between the four nations of the Union. The Prime Minister is taking personal charge, as Minister for the Union, supported by the Cabinet Office. We have boosted spending across the Union, including a further £300 million of new growth deal funding, which will open up opportunities for cities and regions across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

Giles Watling MP:

“We are arguably the greatest Union the world has ever seen. We have done so much for mankind and democracy across the world for generations. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we would be foolish to throw away this most valuable of Unions on what I believe is a passing whim?”

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP (Secretary of State for BEIS):

“As ever, I agree with my hon. Friend. I am pleased to see that his powers of oration have not dimmed. Ours is the most successful political and economic Union in history, and our four nations are safer, stronger and more prosperous together. We are deeply committed to keeping our family of nations together.”

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