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

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 [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

25 01, 2021

England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?

By |2021-01-25T17:32:09+00:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations   There is more than a whiff of hysteria in the air about the possibility of the UK fragmenting via Scottish independence and Irish reunification. Two former UK chancellors (one also an ex-prime minister) find the idea that [...]

4 01, 2021

The UK’s European Question is Far From Over

By |2021-01-06T12:09:46+00:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, Trade, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by Scottish Centre on European Relations As the start of 2021 looms, the EU and UK have a new relationship underpinned by their new trade and cooperation agreement. This agreement fractures, damages and complicates economic, political and social links between the UK and EU. And, [...]

21 12, 2020

The UK’s Chaotic Brexit Slide Towards 2021

By |2020-12-23T13:55:07+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With Covid gridlock in Kent, chaotic borders have arrived earlier than expected, although stockpiling ahead of the end of the transition was already causing queues and a glimpse into the UK’s difficult post-Brexit future. As talks and haggling continue over fishing, one thing is clear: deal or no deal, four [...]

18 12, 2020

Can the United Kingdom be saved through federation? Lessons from 1919

By |2020-12-18T15:05:36+00:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Sam Whimster Professor Sam Whimster is Deputy Director & Head of UK Futures Programme at Global Policy Institute; he is also Editor of Max Weber Studies.   Andrew Adonis has recently argued that the present tensions disuniting Britain can be resolved by following the example of the Federal Republic [...]

4 12, 2020

Brexit and the decline of democracy

By |2020-12-04T13:53:37+00:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , |

“The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.” (Margaret Atwood) The deadline for ending the “transitional” arrangements for Britain’s relations [...]