Political Union

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Political Union

The transfer of most or all sovereignty from two or more states to form a single state. A political union may be a unitary state; that is, all constituent states cease to have legal existence (except maybe as administrative divisions) and they are subject to the same law. Alternatively, a political union may be federal, in which the new state is given certain responsibilities and remaining powers stay with the previously independent states. Political unions generally have one currency and have no trade barriers between constituent states.
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The motion that ,a legislative Union of the two kingdoms was desirable' is carried by forty-six votes.
Thus we have The Times on party allegiance in the colonies: a Canadian politician "sets about making a party as he would a salad;" (3) Governor Arthur Gordon on the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick: election is "proof that a man is uneducated and is not a gentleman"; (4) and Elgin on colonial federation: it "can hardly fail to become either a nuisance or a legislative Union." (5) Martin is a phrase-maker himself: "the future is a vast reservoir for procrastination and a hopeful storehouse for dreams." (6)
Bartlett argues that, given the unwillingness of the British government to enforce penal laws, the 1801 legislative union of Ireland with Britain and the Catholic Emancipation of 1829 were the unavoidable consequences of increasing Catholic political leverage.