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 [...]

13 10, 2020

Brexit: removing the connective tissue of the United Kingdom?

By |2020-11-14T12:25:11+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The United Kingdom (UK) and what is now the European Union (EU) were intertwined for nearly half a century. Consequently, Brexit means more than the UK removing itself from the EU. It involves extracting the EU from the UK. The four years after the EU referendum of 23 June 2016 [...]

29 09, 2020

Was the EU the Glue Holding the United Kingdom Together?

By |2020-10-27T15:34:40+00:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: 2020, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Federalism, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr Andrew Blick, Reader in Politics and Contemporary History at King's College London, looks at the internal constitutional consequences of Brexit. He discusses how far the British Union has been held together by membership of the European Union and whether Brexit will lead to its break up. This talk was [...]

16 07, 2020

Hard Brexit plus Covid equals Divorce?

By |2020-07-16T13:18:15+00:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , |

President Clinton admonished us that it was “the economy, stupid”. Perhaps, in the current febrile situation this should be amended to being “it’s the politics, stupid”.  Faced with a 25% drop in GDP in the UK in quarter 2, this might seem surprising to some. But take a closer look. [...]

13 07, 2020

Scotland’s England Problem

By |2020-07-13T10:29:51+00:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , |

That the UK’s union of four nations is under strain is not new to anyone who has been paying attention. But the combined impacts of Brexit, Covid-19 and the Conservative government under Boris Johnson are driving an increasing wedge between Scotland and the rest of the UK – or, more [...]

14 02, 2020

Scotland’s Shifting Politics in the Face of Brexit

By |2020-06-23T15:55:45+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Kirsty HughesDirector, Scottish Centre on European Relations 12th February 2019 Brexit day has come and gone. There were Saltires, EU flags and crowds at the Scottish parliament. But while everything changed as the UK left the EU, is it, for now, the case that nothing has changed in [...]