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    The argument for federalism in the UK is always what to do with England. Do we have four Parliaments for the four nations or do we split England up into the nine regions, or the seven saxon kingdoms. Well I have a different view.

    Lets have neither of these and instead turn the 48 ceremonial counties of England, 12 regions and islands of Scotland and the preserved areas of Wales into states of the United Kingdom.

    This means no English Parliament and the abolishment of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly. Though we I guess we can keep NI Assembly as a state to stop the Republic moaning (plus they're small as it is).

    For perspective, here are the counties, or states as they would become, each with their council being renamed to an Assembly :

    48 states in England:

    • Bedfordshire, consisting of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton
    • Berkshire
    • Bristol
    • Buckinghamshire, including Milton Keynes
    • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
    • Cheshire, consisting of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington
    • City of London
    • Cornwall, including the Isles of Scilly
    • Cumbria
    • Derbyshire, including Derby
    • Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay
    • Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole
    • Durham, including Darlington, Hartlepool, and Stockton-on-Tees north of the River Tees
    • East Riding of Yorkshire, including Kingston-upon-Hull
    • East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove
    • Essex, including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
    • Gloucestershire, including South Gloucestershire
    • Greater London, excluding the City of London
    • Greater Manchester
    • Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton
    • Herefordshire
    • Hertfordshire
    • Isle of Wight
    • Kent, including Medway
    • Lancashire, including Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool
    • Leicestershire, including Leicester
    • Lincolnshire, including North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire
    • Merseyside
    • Norfolk
    • North Yorkshire, including Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, York, and Stockton-on-Tees south of the River Tees
    • Northamptonshire
    • Northumberland
    • Nottinghamshire, including Nottingham
    • Oxfordshire
    • Rutland
    • Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin
    • Somerset, including Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset
    • South Yorkshire
    • Staffordshire, including Stoke-on-Trent
    • Suffolk
    • Surrey
    • Tyne and Wear
    • Warwickshire
    • West Midlands
    • West Sussex
    • West Yorkshire
    • Wiltshire, including Swindon
    • Worcestershire

    12 states in Scotland:
    • Borders
    • Central Scotland
    • Dumfries and Galloway
    • Fife
    • Grampian (including Aberdeen)
    • Highland
    • Lothian (including Edinburgh)
    • Orkney
    • Shetland
    • Strathclyde (including Glasgow)
    • Tayside (including Dundee)
    • Western Isles

    6 states in Wales:

    • Gwent

    • Glamorgan (combined Mid, South and West into one state)

    • Dyfed

    • Powys

    • Gwynedd

    • Clwyd

    Northern Ireland can be split into the 6 counties as states or just be the one state

    A clear separation of powers should be set out, here's powers that would remain with the Houses of Parliament:

    • The Crown
    • The United Kingdom
    • The Constitution
    • Ministers of the Crown
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Defence
    • Human Rights
    • Central Bank
    • Monetary Policy
    • Central Taxation
    • Government Borrowing
    • Currency
    • Regulation of Financial Services
    • National Security
    • Nationality
    • Immigration
    • Extradition
    • Emergency Powers
    • The Civil Service

    The above policy areas will remain with Westminster but those not listed can be legislated by the states. All areas that are currently under the Dept. for Housing, Communities and Local Government and those devolved to the Scottish, Welsh and NI Assemblies should be legislated by the states.

    In addition, these states/local areas should be more self-sufficient. This means devolving more tax powers to the states, including:
    • VAT replaced with a Local Sales Tax, levied by the state according to their spending needs
    • Have the power to introduce new taxes for additional revenue such a local rate of Income Tax, local Business Rates, fees for services or nothing at all

    Each state should also have a directly elected Sheriff. The Sheriff would have power in the following areas:
    • Direct the local police force
    • Responsibility for supervising prosecutions and punishments
    • Can order or drop a prosecution
    • Appoint and dismiss Chief Constables
    • Set their own targets for the local police force
    • Make their own policing plans
    • Power to set minimum and maximum sentencing guidelines for crimes

    The states will also be represented in the Houses of Parliament with the reform of the House of Lords into an elected Senate:

    • Each state would have a total of three Senators

    • Each state would elect one Senator at each election

    • Senators would serve a 15 year term

    • Powers of the Senate would remain the same as the present House of Lords however policy areas not reserved to Westminster would require a 2/3 majority pass in the Senate to be federal law

    Federalism done properly with no threat of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish nationalism hijacking our union.
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