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