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The government’s new white paper and the devolution settlement: pulling bricks from the Jenga tower

The new UK internal market document shows the approach: impose restrictions on the devolved nations with little regard for, or understanding of, the consequences

By George Peretz  

Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images

One central question for any federal or devolved system that gives wide law-making powers to states or provinces, is what to do about legislation in one state that throws up internal barriers with another. This could be law that affects trade, or makes it hard for businesses in other states to compete fairly. If one of the aims of that federal system is to allow businesses, consumers, and workers to trade and move freely between different states—which…

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