Significant week for the future of the United Kingdom - The Yorkshire Post says

For better or worse, this is a week that could prove significant for the future make-up of the United Kingdom.

The Government yesterday introduced a Bill that would allow ministers to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol agreed in Brexit negotiations, one which keeps the nation inside the EU’s single market for goods.

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis has said he was confident the changes would be lawful.

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Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, though, warned his British counterpart Liz Truss that introducing such a Bill will breach international law and “deeply damage” relations.

Elsewhere, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said Mr Lewis was “talking through his hat”, insisting that the protocol is working and that the government’s plans would result in “untold economic damage”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed the move was “not a big deal”.

Forgive us for not taking the statesman’s word it.

Because while diplomatic rows occur over the protocol with no agreement in sight, elsewhere voices vying for Scottish separatism only intensify.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is this week expected to set out a refreshed case for Scottish independence ahead of a potential referendum next year, according to reports.

Scotland will be watching closely how Downing Street handles itself.

Such moments demand a delicate touch and the Government must proceed with the utmost caution before tearing up international agreements.