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Twenty years after the Belfast agreement was signed, new research identifies an enduring legacy. 
 
Fresh analysis of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland has revealed its lasting impact on subsequent peace deals worldwide.
 
Key elements of the settlement between Nationalists, Republicans and Unionists and the Irish and British governments – agreed in Belfast 20 years ago – have been instrumental in other peace negotiations, the study reveals. 
 
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Stephen Hornsby, a partner at Goodman Derrick LLP, comments on Michael Keating's recent paper on the policy making implications of Brexit for agriculture in the UK. 
 
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Amidst the current, noisy, political debate about ‘bonanzas’ and ‘power grabs’ there is some measure of consensus between the UK and Scottish Governments as regards the need for (and value of) UK-wide ‘common frameworks’ post-Brexit, especially in relation to the functioning of markets within the UK.  However, as Shepherd and Wedderburn's Gordon Downie explains, what might be described as the opening negotiating positions of the UK and Scottish Governments reveal wide differences on the scope and content of these new common frameworks, and on the constitutional mechanics that should u
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Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is likely to occur.

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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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UK in a Changing Europe marked 6 months to Brexit on Saturday 29th September with a video and 2 reports. Countdown to Brexit video – http://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/countdown-to-brexit/ The Brexit endgame: a short guide –  http://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Brexit-endgame-a-short-guide.... Read more
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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. One of the biggest difficulties facing the UK government in the current Brexit negotiations is how to resolve the... Read more
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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 Octo... Read more
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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... Read more
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The end of Free Movement following Brexit will have a dramatic impact on the ability of all areas of the UK to attract low-skilled labour. Dr Sarah Kyambi considers the impact of the change in Scotland and whether now is the time to devolve immigration policy.   Britain does not yet have a post-Bre... Read more
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New research conducted by the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow suggests that a post-Brexit Scotland is likely to find itself losing out on much-needed low-skilled migrant labour from the European Economic Area (EEA) to English-speaking countries such as North America, Australia, and to countrie... Read more
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