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By William Walker, University of St Andrews. UK security: is the EU relevant or irrelevant? On 23 November 2015, David Cameron presented to the House of Commons the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence Review (SDSR) that his Government had prepared since taking office. The Review spoke o... Read more
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The United Kingdom faces a momentous decision, whether to leave or to remain in the European Union. Voters, who will soon be asked to settle the matter in a referendum, are looking for more information and impartial analysis. At this Q&A event, we discussed the issues at stake with the help of a... Read more
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The United Kingdom faces a momentous decision, whether to leave or to remain in the European Union. Voters, who will soon be asked to settle the matter in a referendum, are looking for more information and impartial analysis. At this Q&A event, we discussed the issues at stake with the help of a... Read more
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The United Kingdom faces a momentous decision, whether to leave or to remain in the European Union. Voters, who will soon be asked to settle the matter in a referendum, are looking for more information and impartial analysis. At this Q&A event, we discussed the issues at stake with the help of a... Read more
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The revised Wales Bill has seen UK ministers respond to many of the criticisms of the original draft, say Manon George and Huw Pritchard of the Wales Governance Centre, however there still remain points of contention between Cardiff and London.    On the same day as the Queen officially opened the f... Read more
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Farming and fishing are frequently associated with timeless images of Britain, its rural idyll, and its reputed individualism. Indeed, many of these images of ‘Britishness’ are frequently invoked by those wanting to leave the EU. As we recount below, however, agriculture and fisheries in Scotland an... Read more
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In the 1975 referendum England provided the strongest support for European integration, with a much smaller margin for membership in Scotland and Northern Ireland. By 2015 the rank order of ‘national’ attitudes to European integration had reversed. Now, England is the UK’s most eurosceptic nation an... Read more
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By Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney The Constitution Committee’s report on ‘The Union and devolution’, published today, declares the Union to be “under threat”, and recommends that the United Kingdom Government “needs fundamentally to reassess how it approaches issues relating to devolution.” The re... Read more
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The University of Edinburgh, in association with FutureLearn, is offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC):Towards Brexit? The UK’s EU Referendum (http://edin.ac/1sj0LX0)Course Starts: 13 June 2016 Course Team: Anthony Salamone, Prof Laura Cram, Prof Charlie JefferyThe UK will hold its refer... Read more
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The devolution of power to city regions in England has been more technocratic than democratic say Dr Arianna Giovannini of the University of Sheffield and Dr Andrew Mycock of the University of Huddersfield.   The local elections  that took place across England were somewhat overshadowed by the Londo... 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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