Centre on Constitutional Change

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Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, has been appointed Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In light of the Smith Commission recommendations of greater powers for... Read more
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The House of Lords Constitution Committee will take evidence from leading constitutional academics Professor Alan Trench, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Professor Nicola McEwen and Professor Alan Page. This session forms part of the Committee's new inquiry, which follows the publication of the Smith... Read more
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Research shows that English voters prefer the option of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), widely believed to be the frontrunner in the government’s consideration of the West Lothian Question. Forty percent1 of English voters opted for giving English MPs an exclusive say at Westminster over legi... Read more
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As Scotland and the UK come to terms with the events of the night of 18 September, the focus of this site will adapt to the new questions posed by the constitutional chain reaction sparked by the referendum. In addition to publishing research on Scottish devolution in the wake of the Smith Commissio... Read more
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The Scottish referendum in 2014 will ask people one question - whether they think Scotland should be an independent country. Yet many surveys and polls suggest that another option – significantlyextending the powers of the Scottish Parliament – might be better able than independence to attract suppo... Read more
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  • 18th May 2018

    Different political actors have responded to the decision by the Scottish Parliament to withhold its consent for the UK Government’s showpiece EU (Withdrawal) Bill in very different ways. Prof Nicola McEwen sifts the facts from the hyperbole and explains where we are and where we go from here.

  • 15th May 2018

    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.

  • 4th May 2018

    The Sewel Convention has historically worked well, says Michael Keating, but Brexit will put it to the test.

  • 3rd May 2018

    Amendments to controversial Clause 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill were agreed in the House of Lords yesterday evening, following a deal between the UK and Welsh governments last week. Jack Sheldon and Mike Kenny explain the significance of this agreement for the UK as a whole and outline a number of unresolved issues it raises.

  • 2nd May 2018

    The hesitant progress of Brexit legislation through Westminster has provided parliament with an opportunity to show its teeth and, says Tobias Lock, it demonstrates that the legislature has bite as well as bark.

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