13 05, 2022

A Design for Modern Britain: Confederal Federalism

By |2022-05-13T13:17:35+00:00May 13th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones In recent years, the national borders extant within these isles have been reaffirmed through Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the trend for significant divergence in policy stances across the various parliaments has compounded other clear political disagreements centred on constitutional reform and change, with different [...]

11 05, 2022

VIDEO: Brexit – Macron’s Vision and the Northern Ireland Protocol

By |2022-05-11T13:57:58+00:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust video Brendan Donnelly and John Stevens discuss the speech of President Macron to the European Parliament and its possible implications for relations between the UK and the European Union. They also discuss the likely outcome of the current negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol and [...]

22 04, 2022

VIDEO: Northern Ireland, Elections and Brexit

By |2022-04-22T13:24:39+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Trade, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this new video our Director Brendan Donnelly and Council member John Palmer discuss the forthcoming elections in Northern Ireland and their likely implications for the Northern Ireland Protocol and relations with the rest of the island of Ireland. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE or in the player below:   SPEAKERS: John Palmer is a [...]

28 03, 2022

A League-Union of the Isles – Book Recommendation

By |2022-04-05T08:01:57+00:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|

March 2022 sees the release of A League-Union of the Isles. Conceived as a reflection on Glyndwr Cennydd Jones’s constitutional writing since 2016, it encompasses an exploration of devolution, federalism, confederalism, and more significantly—that possible middle ground—confederal-federalism. Not wishing to alienate the generally moderate elements of both unionism and nationalism [...]

17 02, 2022

INTERGOV Forum

By |2022-03-15T11:28:21+00:00February 17th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, INTERGOV, Scotland, UK Constitution|

The Federal Trust is launching an initiative – INTERGOV - to create a forum for better communications and understanding of intergovernmental relations within the United Kingdom. We believe the time is propitious for this  new initiative. The devolution settlements are rapidly mutating, not least as a result of Brexit ,and [...]

3 12, 2021

Nationalisms in the UK and their implications for the Westminster System of Governance

By |2021-12-03T16:02:23+00:00December 3rd, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew Black[*], Associate Director, Global Policy Institute, assisted by Luisa Borras “It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.” Tom Stoppard Introduction Amongst many crises affecting the UK currently, there is one that has a long fuse, has been burning for some time, and has the power [...]

2 09, 2021

Democratic federalism: are we there yet?

By |2021-09-02T14:37:09+00:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , |

This article was first published by The UK in a Changing Europe.   If there is one plus to the Covid-19 pandemic it is that many more people in the UK are aware we no longer live in a state with a single government in London. The regular TV appearances [...]

12 08, 2021

A League-Union of the Isles of Britain

By |2021-08-12T15:37:22+00:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones   Glyndwr Cennydd Jones is an advocate for greater cross-party consensus in Wales and for a UK-wide constitutional convention. A catalogue of his articles and essays can be found here.   This constitutional model presents the opportunity to empower the peoples and countries of these isles within an [...]

12 08, 2021

Making Public Value Management a guiding idea will be difficult within the UK’s dysfunctional hybrid governance system

By |2021-08-12T14:59:07+00:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog In a recent blog, Arno van der Zwet and John Connolly make a persuasive case for ‘doing government better’ by embracing ‘public value management’ (PVM). Of course, PVM is not exactly new. I wrote about ‘public value’ as [...]

28 07, 2021

Video: Brexit – The Northern Ireland Protocol and a Sick Government

By |2021-07-28T16:41:55+00:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , |

In this video, Professor Richard Rose of the University of Strathclyde argues that the British government's attitude towards the Northern Ireland Protocol is a profoundly unhealthy one. It stems from the misplaced beliefs that the UK can dictate the terms of its external relations, that the UK's partners have no [...]

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