May you live in interesting times, goes the famous expression. Looking at Britain from the shores of Majorca you get the impression that the country is almost in meltdown. Not only does prime minister Theresa May face long and complicated negotiations with the European Union she also has to keep Northern Ireland and Scotland onside.

But if May needs to find a solution she should look no further than Spain. The Spanish government has given much power to the regional governments and places like Catalonia behave almost as if they were independent states. Giving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland more power, as former prime minister Gordon Brown suggests, could help keep the United Kingdom together at this most crucial time. In some ways each of the Home Nations could negotiate their own deal with the European Union. Scotland and Northern Ireland are obviously more pro-European than their English and Welsh counterparts and giving them the powers to negotiate their own trade deals would also serve democracy as well.

May must make decisions and quick. I sometimes think that the British government hasn't got a clue what to do about Brexit. The best solution is to negotiate a fair and honest divorce from Brussels which would allow Britain to remain part of the single market. Britain would be out but still in for some aspects. Then the regional assemblies can do their own deals. I think the prime minister needs to set out her vision for the future. Not giving Scotland another independence referendum is a bold move, but the problem is not going to go away as long as the Scottish Nationalists are in power. There is always a danger in these cases that the central administration can appear to be arrogant and dismissive. May needs to work with Scotland for the benefit of the United Kingdom.


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John Lynch / Hace about 1 year

And why does England not have its separate representative body? Why should Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have both MPs in Westminster and their own leglislative bodies but England only has MPs in Westminster together wth the regions?


MelB / Hace about 1 year

Did I miss the renaming of the Mallorca Bulletin to the "Brexit reporter for amateurs" ?


Henry James / Hace about 1 year

There you go running the UK down again,why don't you stick to reporting and commenting on events in Majorca.? We are not in meltdown or anything remotely like it and May seems to be more than up to the job,which is more than Gordon Brown was,we don't need advice from ex-Prime Ministers,especially from the likes of Blair and Brown. You might just have heard that power-sharing has collapsed in Northern Ireland so more power there is not the solution. We voted out,and out means out,not a bit in and a bit out.We will do just fine outside the massively corrupt EU.


Simon Tow / Hace about 1 year

Sorry Jason, but your suggestion is, in my opinion, not only ridiculous, but unworkable. Spain is proof that it won't work and not that it will, whatever your friends from Mes say.