Posts by Charlie Jeffery

What the Scottish Government has proposed in its proposals for a differentiated Brexit settlement may evoke howls of protest from Downing Street but is actually fairly mainstream opinion.    So now we have it. The Scottish Government document Scotland’s Place in Europe sets out how the country... Read more
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If the internet polls are correct, England will vote narrowly to leave the EU but be held in by, principally, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Charlie Jeffery crunches the numbers to assess the territorial implications of the EU referendum vote.    Most analysis of voting intention in the upcoming... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery discusses the case that people in different parts of the UK now have very different views on the EU. Scotland has long had a reputation for being less sceptical about European integration than the rest of the UK, and in particular England. At the level of political leadership that... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery discusses how the EU referendum has the potential to divide opinion in the UK on national lines. This post originally appeared on The UK in a Changing Europe. The EU referendum has the potential to divide opinion in the UK on national lines. Over the last few years people in England... Read more
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As territorial parties make clear that their involvement in post-election arrangements will come with a hefty price tag, Charlie Jeffery considers this new form of 'pork barrel politics' in the UK.    The ‘pork barrel’ has long been a defining feature of American politics. The US political... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery looks at the Conservatives conversion to EVEL and asks if it reflects genuine concerns about how England is governed or short-term tactical opportunism? So now we have it confirmed. David Cameron and William Hague last Friday pledged the introduction of English Votes on English Laws... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery looks at the current debate on the English question and how it is one of short-term political tactics. So now we know what EVEL looks like. William Hague yesterday selected the option for introducing EVEL - English Votes for English Laws - that the Conservative Party will campaign... Read more
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Charlie Jeffery says it's time for Labour to think of England. This blog originally appeared in the New Statesman The Labour Party has a problem with "EVEL". EVEL – English votes on English laws – describes various ideas on how MPs from England could be given a privileged, or even exclusive role in... Read more
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This article was originally featured in The Herald Scotland's No vote last September was meant to draw a line under the UK's constitutional debate. Fat chance. What we have seen instead is a constitutional chain reaction let loose by pro-Union politicians making short-term calculations with little... Read more
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Today’s announcement by William Hague of a range of options for English Votes for English Laws should be seen as the start of a wider process, says Charlie Jeffery. That process is likely to include, at least, a clearer separation of England and Wales as jurisdictions and reform of how Westminster... Read more
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