Act of Union Celebrations

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin PPS (Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer), HM Treasury 2:30 pm, 12th June 2007

Surely the best way of celebrating this magnificent anniversary would be to reject once and for all the idea that some Members of the House should be prevented from voting on some matters before it. That is an undemocratic, anti-British proposal that would create a de facto English Parliament and lead inexorably to the break-up of Britain.

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Gareth Young
Posted on 13 Jun 2007 3:07 pm (Report this annotation)

Surely the best way of celebrating the anniversary of the union of England and Scotland would be to re-establish the English parliament with similar powers to the reconvened Scottish parliament.

What you want us to celebrate is not 'the union' of two nations but the creation of one nation named Britain. There is no place for England in your Britain, and that why it won't be celebrated; we should be celebrating it as Englishmen and women, but you deliberately keep Englishness locked in the box so we can't even if we wanted to.