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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

12 03, 2021

Video: “After Brexit: Are the EU and UK on a Collision Course?”

By |2021-03-15T10:35:15+00:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman, John Stevens, and Director, Brendan Donnelly, discuss the likely future course of EU-UK relations and whether the two are on a collision course. They expect that friction will be the dominant feature of the relationship, and predict that a political force will emerge in the medium term [...]

5 03, 2021

VIDEO: After Brexit, a federal UK?

By |2021-03-05T14:03:52+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: |

In this video, Federal Trust Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick comments on the emerging debate about a more federalised United Kingdom. He argues that the nature of federalism has often been misunderstood in the UK because of the confused and confusing debate surrounding a European “federal superstate.” A growing [...]

3 03, 2021

Covid and Brexit – two knock out blows for the North East, or a wake up call for change?

By |2021-03-03T13:20:03+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, North East|

by Nick Forbes Councillor Nick Forbes, CBE, has been the Leader of Newcastle City Council since 2011.  He is also Senior Vice-Chair at the Local Government Association.     If you were to stop people on the streets of the North East in early 2021, and ask whether Covid or [...]

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

An autonomous London

By |2021-03-02T11:17:06+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, London, UK Constitution|

by John Stevens and Dr Andrew Blick   John Stevens is the Chairman of the Federal Trust. He is a former MEP (1989 - 1999).   Dr Andrew Blick is Head of the Department of Political Economy and Reader in Politics and Contemporary History at King's College London. He is [...]

26 02, 2021

The North East of England: Economic and political challenges and opportunities post-Covid and post-Brexit

By |2021-03-02T11:18:05+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, North East, UK Constitution|

by Joyce Quin Photo credit: UK Parliament/ CC BY 3.0 The Rt Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin is a member of the House of Lords.  She previously served in both the European Parliament and the House of Commons where she was MP for Gateshead. She was a government minister between [...]