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 [...]

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 [...]

22 10, 2019

Johnson’s Deal Crosses May’s One Legitimate Red Line: Dividing the United Kingdom

By |2020-05-04T09:43:32+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |

by Ira StrausChair, Center for War-Peace Studies 21st October 2019 There was one fully justified Red Line buried amidst Theresa May’s long list of them: that no agreement is permissible that would draw a dividing line within the United Kingdom (see The meaning of Theresa May’s one legitimate Red Line). [...]

6 02, 2019

The Two Unions: Brexit and the Territorial State

By |2020-05-04T09:45:58+00:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , , |

Click here to download the paper in pdf format Introduction The Brexit episode has seen the political system of the United Kingdom subject itself to immense pressures. Politics always involves tension. However, the cross-cutting divisions exposed and widened by the prospect of leaving the EU are of a more fundamental [...]

21 09, 2018

Will Brexit Destroy the United Kingdom?

By |2020-05-04T09:48:00+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |

STEPHEN HASELER MEMORIAL LECTURE: Will Brexit destroy the United Kingdom? 4th October 2018 Joint event by the Federal Trust and Global Policy Institute The lecture was delivered by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust CLICK HERE TO READ THE STEPHEN HASELER MEMORIAL LECTURE 2018 DOWNLOAD THE LECTURE (pdf file) In [...]

19 06, 2018

Devolution, federalism and the UK Constitution

By |2020-05-04T09:48:14+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |

Devolution, federalism and the United Kingdom Constitution: Lessons and implications of the Brexit process by Dr Andrew Blick June 2018 About the author Dr Andrew Blick is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London; and Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust   Download the paper [...]

25 04, 2017

Devolution in England: International Perspectives, Politics and Policy Ideas

By |2020-05-04T14:52:18+00:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: 2017|Tags: , |

Devolution in England: International Perspectives, Politics and Policy Ideas   19-21 June 2017 University of Kent, Canterbury, UK   The Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent convened this conference on ‘Devolution in England: international perspectives, politics and policy ideas after Brexit’ on 20-21 June 2017 in Canterbury, [...]

29 02, 2016

The UK needs a devolved government for London

By |2016-02-29T13:19:45+00:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Federalism, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE Ideas   This article was first published by Democratic Audit UK. London is the UK’s undiscovered country and it is time we recognised it as the UK’s fifth constituent part by granting it the devolved political powers it deserves. [...]