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DUP's Foster backs 'patriotic list' of ways to prevent break-up of UK

Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster at Stormont (Niall Carson/PA)
Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster at Stormont (Niall Carson/PA)

DUP leader Arlene Foster has thrown her support behind a "patriotic list" of measures to prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom.

The ideas are contained in a report from the Policy Exchange think-tank outlining how a massive infrastructure spending programme alongside a cultural renewal in Britain would help protect against the break-up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The cultural ideas including putting Test cricket back on terrestrial TV and making Remembrance Day a bank holiday.

Other ideas include allowing regions to levy a tourist tax that would be ring-fenced for local investment.

In a joint statement issued last night by Mrs Foster and Tees Valley's Tory mayor Ben Houchen, the pair said: "Boris Johnson made clear his commitment to the Union – the 'Awesome Foursome' as he put it. We know first-hand the talent that is spread across the UK and welcome the Prime Minister's promise to help unlock this potential.

"Today's excellent Policy Exchange report offers a blueprint for modernising the country."

The think tank report also calls for a Council of UK Civic Leaders- chaired by the Prime Minister that would regularly meet Ministers and Whitehall officials.

It would include town hall and county hall bosses as well as mayors in a bid to foster closer links across the regions within the UK.

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