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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.
 
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Last week the government released its fisheries white paper. While most of the fisheries and Brexit debate centres on quotas and access to waters, there is also an important devolution dimension. Brexit already has profound consequences for the UK’s devolution settlement and fisheries policy is one example of this.

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The Scottish and Welsh Governments worked together closely during their negotiations with the UK Government over those aspects of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that related to devolution. Despite ultimately choosing different paths, say Hedydd Phylip and Greg Davies, this spirit of cooperation looks set to continue. 

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On 8 May the UK’s House of Lords passed an amendment to require the House of Commons to vote on remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA), the possibility of Britain adopting the so-called ‘Norway model’ is back on the agenda of British politics. Here the authors of Squaring the Circle on Brexit: Could the Norway Model Work?, John Erik Fossum and Hans Petter Graver, give some background to Norway’s relationship with the European Union and reveal the truth behind some common myths about the Norway model.
 
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Brexit and the Nations   Michael Keating First published: 27 November 2018 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12619   Brexit is presented as a move to restore British sovereignty. Initially this meant parliamentary sovereignty but the referendum may have replaced this with sovereignty of the British... Read more
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Professor Nicola McEwen and Dr Alexandra Remond examine how, in the longer term, Brexit poses significant risks for the climate and energy ambitions of the devolved nations. These include the loss of European Structural and Investment Funds targeted at climate and low carbon energy policies, from wh... Read more
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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... Read more
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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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