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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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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The High Court judgement on Article 50, ruling that Parliament must have a say on triggering Article 50, brings representative democracy, and some real politics, back into the Brexit process.   If the Supreme Court agrees with the judgement at the start of December – which it may or may not – then w... Read more
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