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Brexit poses challenges in many areas of the UK's social, economic and environmental policy, energy not least among them, say Drs Ronan Bolton, Antti Silvast and Mark Winskel.   The EU referendum outcome poses existential questions for many areas of UK social, economic and environmental policy, part... Read more
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Summary: This document explains how Northern Ireland and Scotland should and could stay within the European Union while remaining inside the United Kingdom; why this proposal need not prevent and may in fact facilitate England and Wales in leaving the EU; and why this compromise proposal is in accor... Read more
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Kristen Hopewell and Matias E. Margulis discuss how post Brexit vote the UK will negotiate terms of trading with the rest of the world. While most discussion since the Brexit vote has focused on how the UK will negotiate the terms of its new trading relationship with the EU, much less has been said... Read more
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Gareth Evans looks at why Wales bucked the trend of the devolved regions in the United Kingdom and voted in favour of Brexit. The result of the EU Referendum in Wales saw 52.5% of the electorate vote in favour of Brexit. Reading this result in comparison with England delivers little in the way of an... Read more
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Edited by Aileen McHarg, Tom Mullen, Alan Page, and Neil Walker Provides an essential, one-stop resource for academics, students, and all others who are interested in learning about the referendum and its aftermath Brings together a range of relevant disciplines to provide a multi-faceted analysis... Read more
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What can Twitter tell us about the views of the electorate ahead of the UK’s EU referendum? Based on an extensive analysis of Twitter usage in the months leading up to the vote, Laura Cram and Clare Llewellyn illustrate that while Leave supporters continue to have a much more visible presence on Twi... Read more
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In EU parlance, Scotland is defined as a "region" and, more specifically, as one of the EU’s "legislative regions", a regional tier of government that has the power to enact laws over a range of policies within its jurisdiction. Devolution was intended to enable the Scottish Parliament to design pol... Read more
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Issues relating to the agricultural sector have not received the attention that might have been expected, says Dr Alan Greer, but examination of those issues presents some surprising results.    In the Brexit referendum, the issues of agriculture, food and rural affairs have not perhaps been discuss... Read more
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By Andy Kerr,  Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, recently argued that energy bills in the UK would soar by £500 million a year if the UK left the EU. This figure was strongly disputed by leave... Read more
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Professor Charlie Jeffery, Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change and Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The award recognised Professor Jeffery’s work in promoting social science as a tool to inform public decision mak... Read more
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  • 10th August 2018

    Brexit is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses. The territorial constitution is particularly fragile. Pursuing Brexit, Theresa May’s government has stumbled into deep questions about devolution.

  • 8th August 2018

    The UK in a Changing Europe has formed a new Brexit Policy Panel (BPP). The BPP is a cross-disciplinary group of over 100 leading social scientists created to provide ongoing analysis of where we have got to in the Brexit process, and to forecast where we are headed. Members of the UK in a Changing Europe Brexit Policy Panel complete a monthly survey addressing three key areas of uncertainty around Brexit: if —and when—the UK will leave the EU; how Brexit will affect British politics; and what our relationship with the EU is likely to look like in the future. The CCC participates on the Panel.

  • 2nd August 2018

    The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee issued its report ‘Devolution and Exiting the EU: reconciling differences and building strong relationships’. Discussing its contents, Professor Nicola McEwen suggests that the report includes some practical recommendations, some of which were informed by CCC research. It also shines a light on some of the more difficult challenges ahead.

  • 31st July 2018

    The politicisation of Brexit, combined with deteriorating relations between London and Dublin, has created a toxic atmosphere in Northern Ireland, says Mary Murphy, which will require imagination and possibly new institutions to resolve.

  • 25th July 2018

    Given that there are many policy differences between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK, asks Jonathan Evershed, why has customs policy been singled out as a red line by Unionists?

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