Posts by Michael Keating

The recent introduction of the bill for an Act of Union into the House of Lords is a welcome addition to the debate on the future of Unionism that has been rumbling on since the devolution legislation of 1999 but, says Michael Keating, it contains several problems that will be familiar to those who... Read more
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Proposed revisions to the Basque Statute of Autonomy have revealed underlying tensions but the fault lines are not where an outside observer might assume they would be. They are fundamental and political and, explains Michael Keating, unlikely to be resolved by technocratic debate.  The Basque... Read more
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Buried within the UK Agriculture Bill, a clause allowing UK ministers to determine which of three WTO 'boxes' state aid for farmers should goes into could prove difficult for the devolved administrations.     On 10 October the long-awaited Agriculture Bill will be debated in Parliament. It confirms... Read more
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Because of leaks coming out of the UK Government, we have known for some time what the broad lines of their negotiating offer to the EU would be. Yet the White Paper is still striking for the depth, breadth and detail about the UK’s future dependence on the European Union. It covers almost... Read more
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CCC Director Professor Michael Keating considers the career of iconic Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell whose mastery of Parliamentary tactics and ability to build a broad national alliance for radical change may have important lessons for the modern SNP.   As the SNP MPs staged... Read more
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The recent report by the Growth Commission contains some interesting ideas, says Michael Keating, but also makes some problematic assumptions.    The report of the Sustainable Growth Commission is a weighty contribution to the debate on the economics of Scottish independence, intended to face those... Read more
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The Sewel Convention has historically worked well, says Michael Keating, but Brexit will put it to the test. A fraught point in the handling of the EU Withdrawal Bill has been the way in which it deals with those competences that are currently both devolved and Europeanized. The UK and devolved... Read more
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The Irish border has proved to be one of the most intractable aspects of Brexit, says Michael Keating, and the proposals put forward by the UK Government show little signs of being endorsed by Dublin or, as a result, Brussels.    One of the most intractable issues remaining in the Brexit... Read more
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The current compromise on the border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic relies on a subsequent technocratic fix, which, says Michael Keating,  provides ample material for arguments in the course of the next round of negotiations.    Agreement has now been reached on moving on to the... Read more
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The interplay between Brexit and devolution is a complex one and, as yet, says Michael Keating, there is little to suggest that the questions it raises have been answered.    One of the key issues in Brexit concerns the fate of those competences that are currently shared between the EU and the... Read more
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