28 05, 2021

Sovereign Conquest?

By |2021-05-28T11:17:08+00:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“Take back control” was one of the main battle-cries of Brexit. Underpinning it was the notion that the UK had ceded its sovereignty to the EU and was no-longer an ‘independent’ country. We will leave aside the issue of whether or not Brexit really represents a return of sovereignty to [...]

11 05, 2021

Scotland’s Elections and the Fragmenting UK: Where Next?

By |2021-05-11T14:48:04+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Scotland, there is a real sense of its politics and the constitutional debate moving into a new phase as the aftermath of the pro-independence SNP and Green parties’ success in the elections sinks in. Turnout, at 63%, was the highest it has been since the first elections to the [...]

4 05, 2021

Building Bridges in times of Divergence

By |2021-05-04T15:10:19+00:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Within ten days after the finalisation of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the European Union is to start an ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the place of the citizens in the construction of the Union and to underpin European [...]

23 04, 2021

100 Days of Brexit – the Phoney War Against Europe

By |2021-04-23T10:47:08+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , |

The first months of Brexit are a bit like the phoney war of autumn 1939 and winter-spring of 1940. No-one really know what its full impact will be. One thing is certain. Brexit has not been “done”. We are entering the era of “Brexiternity”. In so many ways Brexit is [...]

21 04, 2021

A United Ireland – An Empty Slogan?

By |2021-04-21T11:56:01+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In May 2021 Northern Ireland will mark the hundredth year of its existence. These years have been marked by long periods of turmoil rather than any sense of contentment or stability. There has been and remains an atmosphere of unease. Governments in Northern Ireland have been marked  by periods of [...]

13 04, 2021

Labour, Brexit and the constitution: Waiting for the dog to bark

By |2021-04-13T13:19:30+00:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK faces various serious difficulties at present that share a common cause. Brexit does not explain each of them in its entirety. But it is fundamental to an understanding of them all. There is already clear evidence of departure from the EU’s inflicting substantial economic damage on the UK. [...]

24 03, 2021

Turing’s one-way street does not match the Erasmus highway

By |2021-03-24T12:32:16+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s Director for Education, Training and Youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987.   This article was first published by Yorkshire Bylines. Internationally, there is widespread recognition for the impressive reputation and record of the EU’s Erasmus Plus programme as a [...]

23 03, 2021

Does the Integrated Review Make Sense?

By |2021-03-23T15:56:08+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The government’s new Integrated Review is by and large an unimpressive document. It is long and repetitive, with for example the phrase “S&T a core skill” appearing 48 times. It is intellectually self-contradictory in its constant tension between Britain’s post Brexit “independence” and the need for multilateralism. It is work [...]

3 03, 2021

Federalism for the United Kingdom: an answer that raises questions

By |2021-03-04T11:21:22+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Federalism is best defined as a system in which constitutional authority is divided between a ‘federal’ tier of government and a set of territorial ‘states’. It is a comprehensive and symmetrical model in which the entirety (or almost the entirety) of the country is covered by states, which have identical [...]

26 02, 2021

The European Union: From organisation ‘sui generis’ to democratic regional organisation

By |2021-02-26T12:08:00+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

The author wishes to dedicate the present essay to the memory of the ever inspiring Michael Burgess, in live Founder and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent.   For decades, it has been common practice in academic circles to refer to the EU as [...]