Dr Kirsty Hughes

About Dr Kirsty Hughes

Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations; Writer and commentator on Scottish, European & UK politics.
16 03, 2021

‘Global Britain’ or ‘Global England’: Why the UK’s new foreign policy won’t go down well in Scotland

By |2021-03-16T12:29:49+00:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations The UK government’s integrated defence and foreign policy review is about to see the light of day. Some of its likely approach is already clear. ‘Global Britain’ may be a mixture of post-Brexit ideology, imperial power nostalgia and [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

25 01, 2021

England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?

By |2021-01-25T17:32:09+00:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations   There is more than a whiff of hysteria in the air about the possibility of the UK fragmenting via Scottish independence and Irish reunification. Two former UK chancellors (one also an ex-prime minister) find the idea that [...]

4 01, 2021

The UK’s European Question is Far From Over

By |2021-01-06T12:09:46+00:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, Trade, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by Scottish Centre on European Relations As the start of 2021 looms, the EU and UK have a new relationship underpinned by their new trade and cooperation agreement. This agreement fractures, damages and complicates economic, political and social links between the UK and EU. And, [...]

21 12, 2020

The UK’s Chaotic Brexit Slide Towards 2021

By |2020-12-23T13:55:07+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With Covid gridlock in Kent, chaotic borders have arrived earlier than expected, although stockpiling ahead of the end of the transition was already causing queues and a glimpse into the UK’s difficult post-Brexit future. As talks and haggling continue over fishing, one thing is clear: deal or no deal, four [...]

9 10, 2020

Scottish Politics Heading Into Turbulent Waters

By |2020-11-14T12:02:34+00:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Crucial Election Looms In just seven months time, Scottish voters will head to the polls to elect a new cohort of MSPs to the Scottish parliament. From recent polls, the Scottish National Party looks set for a majority of seats and of the overall vote. But we live in highly [...]

13 07, 2020

Scotland’s England Problem

By |2020-07-13T10:29:51+00:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , |

That the UK’s union of four nations is under strain is not new to anyone who has been paying attention. But the combined impacts of Brexit, Covid-19 and the Conservative government under Boris Johnson are driving an increasing wedge between Scotland and the rest of the UK – or, more [...]

15 05, 2020

Covid-19 and a Fracturing UK

By |2020-06-04T11:53:20+00:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Devolution, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

by Dr Kirsty HughesDirector, Scottish Centre on European Relations 13th May 2020 This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations The shift in England to a more substantial easing of lockdown restrictions, while Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stick to a slower route and to the [...]

21 04, 2020

Scotland’s Shifting Politics of the Covid-19 Crisis

By |2020-06-10T16:51:27+00:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Devolution, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Licence terms)   As the Covid-19 crisis continues, the UK may be heading for one of the worst outcomes in terms of deaths across Europe. Criticism is rightly mounting of the UK government’s handling of the crisis, not least of the fatally lost weeks [...]

8 04, 2020

Scotland, the UK and Brexit: Changing Politics at a Time of Crisis

By |2020-06-04T16:41:31+00:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

by Dr Kirsty HughesDirector, Scottish Centre on European Relations 6th April 2020 This comment was first published by Scottish Centre on European Relations Covid-19 has put much of the debate, and the talks, on the future UK-EU relationship on pause. But the political debate will return – not least with the question of [...]