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Is liberalism really compatible with nationalism? Are there limits to linguistic nation-building policies? What arguments justify the imposition of national languages? This book addresses these questions by examining the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nationalism. The book connects two strands of arguments: the political arguments around contested linguistic policies, drawing on a rich set of primary and secondary sources, and the theoretical arguments around liberalism and nationalism.
The 2020 Climate and Energy Package saw the EU become an increasingly important actor in climate and energy policy. It set the legal and regulatory framework within which governments at every level across the 28 member states have developed their own policies. The EU has promoted and financed low carbon transition, including by setting binding targets for renewables and GHG emissions reductions, and targets for greater energy efficiency.
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 defeat in the Commons may have been of epic proportions, but the MPs who voted against it did so for very different reasons. That makes finding an alternative way forward extraordinarily difficult.
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 recommendations.
Guest blog by Mark Sandford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan from the Parliament and Constitution Centre of the House of Commons Library,
Dr Amanda Kramer, Research Fellow in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, examines one of the biggest difficulties facing the UK government in the current Brexit negotiations.
From UK in a Changing Europe
Our first monthly survey shows significant uncertainty about Brexit. However, some key themes emerge:
Our panel put the prospect of no deal at around 50%.
The UK is highly likely to leave on 29 March 2019
A second referendum is seen as highly unlikely.
The October EU Council deadline is unlikely to be met.
The transition period will need to be extended beyond December 2020.