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 [...]

11 05, 2021

Webinar: Covid-19 and centralism in British Government

By |2021-05-11T14:59:11+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Federalism, Forthcoming Events, UK|Tags: , |

Wednesday, 16the June 2021 12.00 - 13.30 BST Online event on Zoom REGISTER HERE This will be the second event in our new series of webinars on "Federal Futures?". Our speakers will discuss how the UK’s various tiers of government coped, and co-ordinated, during the pandemic. SPEAKERS: Dr Janice Morphet [...]

7 05, 2021

Webinar: Federal Futures – Administration Matters?

By |2021-05-07T13:59:18+00:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Forthcoming Events, Scotland, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , |

ADMINISTRATION MATTERS? Wednesday, 19 May 2021 12.30 – 14.00 (BST) Webinar on Zoom REGISTER HERE   The first event of our new series of webinars on "Federal Futures?" will look at the changing structures and issues for governments and general public administration in, and between, England, Scotland and Wales. Speakers: [...]

7 05, 2021

Webinar Series: Federal Futures?

By |2021-05-11T15:31:19+00:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Forthcoming Events, Scotland, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , |

The Covid-19 crisis, the Government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda and the SNPs desire for another Scottish independence referendum are together raising issues about the various tiers and responsibilities of UK governments. Professor Colin Talbot, Emeritus Professor of Government at the University of Manchester, will be organising a series of webinars for the Federal Trust on [...]

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 [...]

26 04, 2021

Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children Age Assessment Changes Pose Safeguarding Risk

By |2021-04-26T12:49:22+00:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Migration & Identity, UK, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Aaron Gates-Lincoln, Political Advisor and Writer at ImmiNews New government proposals to reform age assessments are putting asylum-seeking children at serious risk of mistakenly being deemed to be adults. The plans would allow more invasive tests to be undertaken on children arriving in this country, and could result in many [...]

23 04, 2021

Video: The End of the United Kingdom? It may come sooner than we think

By |2021-04-23T13:56:40+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Council member John Palmer and Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick discuss the threats to the internal cohesion of the United Kingdom arising from Brexit and Covid-19. They believe in particular that it will be difficult to avoid holding a second referendum on independence for Scotland. [...]

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 [...]

19 04, 2021

Video: Brexit and the City of London: April 2021 Update

By |2021-04-19T14:45:31+00:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Council member Graham Bishop provides an update on the Brexit 'hit' to the City of London, following his recent and well-received blog and video conversation with the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, on "Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?". In this April video update, he [...]