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  Changing Borders in Europe Exploring the Dynamics of Integration, Differentiation and Self-Determination in the European Union, 1st Edition Edited by Jacint Jordana, Michael Keating, Axel Marx, Jan Wouters This new book is the fruit of a collaboration between the Centre on Constitutional Change, B... Read more
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Fellows of the Centre on Constitutional Change respond to the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons and the impending no-confidence vote in the government. Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director of the Centre, said of the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement: “The government’s defe... Read more
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Xosé M. Núñez Seixas and Eric Storm eds., Regionalism and Modern Europe: Identity Construction and Movements from 1890 to the Present Day (London: Bloomsbury 2019) paperback, hardback and e-book. Providing a valuable overview of regionalism throughout the entire continent, Regionalism in Modern Euro... Read more
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The Centre has welcomed Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), as new member to its advisory board. Pat Cox was President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004, and a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004. Previous to being an MEP, he was elected to th... Read more
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PRESS RELEASE13 November 2018For Immediate Release Experts from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge have called for far-reaching reforms to the UK’s system of intergovernmental relations (IGR). The report, Reforming Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom, provides the framework fo... Read more
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The Centre on Constitutional Change, along with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, has issued a report on the state of intergovernmental relations in the UK. We will be issuing blogs and other resources relating to this report over the coming weeks but this post outlines our key recommendation... Read more
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Experts from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge have called for far-reaching reforms to the UK’s system of intergovernmental relations (IGR). The report, Reforming Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom, provides the framework for a new system of intergovernmental machinery built... Read more
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Guest blog by Mark Sandford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan from the Parliament and Constitution Centre of the House of Commons Library, One of the less anticipated features of Brexit has been the lengthy and almost intractable nature of the disputes between the UK Government and the governments of Scotlan... Read more
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Keeping the Irish border open after Brexit is one of the key challenges that the UK and EU negotiation teams currently face. Blog by Dr Dylan Geraets, cross posted from European Futures - The Implications of Leaving the EU Customs Union Keeping the Irish border open after Brexit is one of the key ch... Read more
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Theresa May’s ‘precious Union’ has little in the way of meaningful support from her own supporters or self-professed Unionists in other parties. Moreover, according to new research from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cardiff, attitudes to the Union are marked principally by rivalry and mutual-ind... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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