8 05, 2021

UK Ministers have little incentive to prioritise Scotland

By |2021-05-17T12:52:50+00:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA   Professor Richard Rose is founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute in Florence; and a Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin   This article was first published as a comment in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

21 04, 2020

Scotland’s Shifting Politics of the Covid-19 Crisis

By |2020-06-10T16:51:27+00:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Devolution, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Licence terms)   As the Covid-19 crisis continues, the UK may be heading for one of the worst outcomes in terms of deaths across Europe. Criticism is rightly mounting of the UK government’s handling of the crisis, not least of the fatally lost weeks [...]

25 10, 2019

Do we need a written Constitution?

By |2020-06-04T08:25:01+00:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickReader in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 25th October 2019 Speech by Dr Andrew Blick at the joint Federal Trust/ Federal Union event "Never-Ending Brexit?" held on 8th October 2019 Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green) While yesterday’s Supreme [...]

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). [...]

22 07, 2019

Comment on “Brexit – By Royal Appointment?”

By |2020-05-04T09:44:42+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |

by Professor Sam WhimsterAssociate Director and Head of UK Futures Programme, Global Policy Institute 22nd July 2019 This is a commentary in response to the blog by our Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick: Brexit - By Royal Appointment?, published on 12th July 2019 Andrew Blick in "Brexit - By [...]

25 02, 2019

Parliament on the brink of Brexit: meaningful or meaningless?

By |2019-02-26T11:54:44+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickSenior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 26th February 2019 It is an irony frequently remarked upon that the Brexit process, though embarked upon partly in the name of the sovereignty of Parliament, has seen this institution [...]