This is just an anti — Brexit hit piece. The Constitutional Research Council appear to be a one man operation set up by former Conservative Party candidate Richard Cook to campaign for the preservation of ‘The Union,’ the eighteenth century Act of Union which created the United Kingdom of England & Wales, Scotland and Ireland into a single political entity, (since then The Republic of Ireland has seceded but the northern (predominantly protestant,) province of Ulster chose to remain part of The Union.

Critics of Theresa May’s European Union withdrawal agreement claim some of its clauses threaten the status of Northern Ireland and several Irish politicians have claimed (though it is not the official position of the Irish government,) that the controversial border issue is an opportunity to reunify Ireland. In fact the open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland existed before the EU interfered and could be resolved by the two nations involved without interference from Brussels.

To campaign for preservation of The Union then is not part of the Brexit campaign, as the Constitutional Research Group’s (i.e. Mr Cook’s) activities in the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign, which was entirely about breaking up The Union and nothing to do with the EU, although Brussels did try to intervene by warning the pro — EU Scottish Nationalists (SNP) leading the push for independence that Scotland would not qualify for EU membership as an independent state, when the SNP had promised voters that after independence Scotland would be an EU member.

The whole piece is a smear entirely based on unsubstantiated allegations. It is true the DUP has some dubious antecedents and was involved in ‘the trobles’ from the 1960s to 1990s, but so was Republican Group Sinn Fein, and both have now been accepted as part of the Northern Ireland power sharing arrangement.

There have been many allegations of electoral malpractice against both sides in the EU Referendum campaign, few have been shown to have any substance and none have so far resulted in any revelations that would justify declaring the result void.

And most important, no evidence that Richard Cook either personally or acting as the Constitutional Research Group did anything wrong as this article in The Times (of London) explains. The current wave of outrageous claims that a second referendum with result in a massive victory for the pro — EU side are shown to be ridiculous by opinion polls showing a massive surge in support for Nigel Farage’s ‘Brexit Party’ and a revival for UKIP, the party formerly led by Farage.

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