Kirsty Hughes

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Kirsty
Hughes
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Director
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Scottish Centre on European Relations
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Kirsty Hughes is a writer and commentator on European and international politics and policy, and an Associate Fellow, Friends of Europe, Brussels. She has worked for thinktanks, universities and NGOs, such as Chatham House, Centre for European Policy Studies, Oxfam GB and the European Commission.

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The first stage deal reached between the UK and the EU27 is an important staging post, says Kirsty Huges, but any suggestions that this opens the path to an easy future relationship are wide of the mark.    The UK-EU27 deal on EU citizens’ rights, the divorce bill and Northern Ireland’s border will... Read more
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As Theresa May fires the starting pistol on the Brexit negotiations, Kirsty Hughes looks down the track at what shape Britain might be in when, and if, it reaches the finishing line.    And so it begins, the extraordinary process of UK withdrawal from the European Union, after 44 years of membership... Read more
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Nicola Sturgeon has pre-empted Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50, getting in first with her plan to hold a second independence referendum after Brexit plans are clearer and before (or very close to the moment when) the UK leaves the EU. But if May triggers Article 50 this month, as planned, the... Read more
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If Brexit talks go to schedule (and don't break down), the shape of any deal should be clear by the autumn of 2018. Kirsty Hughes explains what will be known by then and how various political actors may respond.    If Theresa May triggers Article 50 on schedule this month, then Brexit talks should e... Read more
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In Berlin, Brexit is not at the top of the agenda. EU challenges will loom large in the upcoming German elections. But Germany’s main concerns on Europe range from Russia’s behaviour to the impact of Trump, France’s presidential election, and unity, or not, amongst the EU27.   Tough talks ahead – Ma... Read more
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Amid talk of a UK-EU trade deal, many seem to have forgotten that the divorce talks need to happen first. As Kirsty Hughes explains that both processes are unlikely to run as smoothly as some might like to believe.    The UK remains on course to trigger Article 50 and start the two-year Brexit proce... Read more
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The Scottish Government's plan for a continuing trade relationship with the EU overlooks an important issue, says Kirsty Hughes. Were Scotland to join EFTA as the proposal suggests, it could not also be a member of the EU Customs Union.    The Scottish Government paper ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ p... Read more
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Nicola Sturgeon’s paper ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ sets out some fairly clear tests for what she calls a compromise on Brexit – while maintaining that her preferred option is Scotland as an independent state inside the EU. The paper outlines some central demands for what should be in the UK’s lett... Read more
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Wednesday’s vote is likely to be remembered as the day when 84% of MPs at Westminster voted to set the UK on a rapid path to Brexit, says Kirsty Hughes, with the Tory government of the day supported by the main Labour opposition.   The UK is on the path to Brexit by early 2019. On Wednesday, the Hou... Read more
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On 23 June, the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU, but the majority of voters in Scotland opted for Remain. Scotland now faces a choice, and soon: 'hard Brexit' within the UK, independence in the EU, or a special deal that gives Scotland individual membership of the single market. This paper analy... Read more
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  • 20th July 2018

    Richard Parry reviews a fast-evolving situation as the march of time and need to reconcile rhetoric and practicality constrain policy-makers

  • 13th July 2018

    The White Paper published this week talks about the UK Government making ‘sovereign decisions’ to adopt European rules but, as we know from the experience of Norway and Switzerland, this can be an illusory sovereignty when the costs of deviating from the rules is exclusion from the single market or European programmes. CCC Director Professor Michael Keating looks at whether the UK is ready for this kind of deal.

  • 12th July 2018

    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. So, in addition to communicating its overall vision for post-Brexit fisheries policy, the white paper was also an opportunity for the government to set out how it would see that policy working in the devolved UK.

  • 4th July 2018

    At the same time as Parliament prepares to ‘take back control’ from Brussels, the executive is in fact accruing to itself further control over the legislative process. CCC Fellow Professor Stephen Tierney addresses a number of trends – only some of which are a direct consequence of the unique circumstances of Brexit – which suggest a deeper realignment of institutional power within the constitution and a consequent diminution of Parliament’s legislative power.

  • 27th June 2018

    Faced with a choice between splitting her Cabinet into winners and losers, Theresa May has sought to keep the Brexit crap game going. She does this by avoiding betting on either a hard or soft Brexit. Professor Richard Rose of Strathclyde looks at the high stakes outcomes facing the Prime Minister. .

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