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 [...]

26 05, 2021

The sight of UK Border Police arresting young Europeans on arrival in the UK is not a great look internationally

By |2021-05-26T13:09:13+00:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine When it emerged that some EU citizens had been wrongfully held, due to ignorance on the part of officials, the British Government also began to look incompetent. It seems that the UK government has a message for the world, namely: “Look [...]

20 05, 2021

Elections to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May: Results and what they mean for the UK

By |2021-05-20T13:30:10+00:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

by Colin A. Munro Colin A. Munro  is a former British diplomat. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1969 and held numerous positions during his career, in Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Zagreb, and served as the Private Secretary to the Minister of State responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. [...]

13 05, 2021

Video: “Brexit – The Elephant in the Room of UK Politics”

By |2021-05-21T11:50:24+00:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the recent round of elections in the UK. They predict that British political parties will find it difficult to continue ignoring Brexit in their campaigning as Covid-19 retreats and the economic damage of Brexit mounts:   Subscribe to our YouTube channel   [...]

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 [...]

8 05, 2021

UK Ministers have little incentive to prioritise Scotland

By |2021-05-17T12:52:50+00:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA   Professor Richard Rose is founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute in Florence; and a Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin   This article was first published as a comment in [...]

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

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 [...]

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