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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 [...]

26 05, 2020

Federal states deal best with the pandemic

By |2020-06-04T11:19:34+00:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland|Tags: , , , |

by David GowEditor of Sceptical.scot, Senior Adviser at Social Europe and Senior Adviser at Acumen Public Affairs. He is former European Business Editor of The Guardian and worked for The Scotsman and London Weekend Television. 26th May 2020 Federal Germany has won substantial plaudits around the world, not least in other parts of Europe, for its comparative [...]

20 05, 2020

Weaponising the Exit Agreement: the ongoing Irish dimension of Brexit

By |2020-06-04T08:22:21+00:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Federalism, UK Devolution|Tags: , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickReader in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 20th May 2020 Prior to the referendum of 23 June 2016, little attention was given at UK level to its possible implications for Northern Ireland. But in the wake of the [...]

14 02, 2020

Anti-federalist Europeanism: a theoretical and practical impossibility?

By |2020-06-23T15:55:09+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Federalism|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickReader in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 14th February 2020 Criticism of the European Union in United Kingdom (UK) political discourse has often focused upon the proposition that as a project it is federal in nature. For this [...]

25 05, 2016

London’s new mayor needs to lobby for more powers – or risk being left behind

By |2016-12-13T14:57:20+00:00May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Federalism, UK Devolution|

By Dr Andrew Blick, Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London; and Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust This article was first published on The Conversation. As the new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan will gain command of a budget worth £17 billion to be spent mainly [...]

29 02, 2016

The UK needs a devolved government for London

By |2016-02-29T13:19:45+00:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Federalism, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE Ideas   This article was first published by Democratic Audit UK. London is the UK’s undiscovered country and it is time we recognised it as the UK’s fifth constituent part by granting it the devolved political powers it deserves. [...]

22 04, 2015

Federalism’s flexibility reveals its true genius

By |2015-05-08T12:58:34+00:00April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Federalism|

By Zach Paikin There is a perception among many politicians and commentators in the United Kingdom that federalism is an entirely prescriptive and rule-bound system, in which all contingencies are precisely described and defined in advance. This couldn’t be further from the truth. An examination of the history of federalism [...]

11 02, 2015

Federalism: What the United Kingdom Can Learn from Canada

By |2015-02-11T16:53:26+00:00February 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Federalism, UK Devolution|

By Zach Paikin In the wake of the Scottish referendum, many in the United Kingdom are beginning to discuss a federal future for their country. Constitutionally stable federalism has been a frequent legacy of Britain’s global history, from Canada to Australia to the United States. Canadians in particular, as a [...]

6 01, 2015

Federalism, what Federalism?

By |2015-02-11T16:48:50+00:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Federalism, UK Devolution|

Contribution by Brendan Donnelly to the LSE project “Hacking the UK Constitution”, https://constitutionuk.com/ Federalism, what federalism? It might be expected that the Federal Trust would welcome the willingness of politicians and commentators after the Scottish referendum to consider seriously what they describe as “federal” structures for the United Kingdom. There [...]