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When devolution started, the civil service was not fully let go by the UK Government. It was called the ‘Scottish Executive’, a subordinate status to the only real ‘government’ in the UK. Its officials remained part of the Home Civil Service. The UK Prime Minister had to approve the appointment of the top two tiers of officials. The arrangements were defended as a necessary way of securing high standards of public administration in the devolved system.

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Richard Parry discusses the advent of the new UK Prime Minister and the likely impact of his singular personal style

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Played-out Brexit takes shape
 
CCC Fellow Richard Parry reviews Theresa May's abortive plan to get her Brexit "deal" through the Commons as her premiership terminates abruptly.
 
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Theresa May is on the retreat -  from any attempt to promise and carry through no deal, from seeking changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, from not organizing European Parliament elections, even from the attempted reinstatement of the 22 May date that was the outcome of the marathon Cabinet of 2 April.   Her letter to Donald Tusk of 5 April repeated the request for 30 June that was turned down last time. May’s letter also conceded that the withdrawal agreement could not be changed and that European Parliament elections would be organised.
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Two essential skills of politicians are timing and counting. On each of the three votes on the EU Withdrawal Agreement the UK government has fallen short of expectations and further behind the game. The majority of 58 against on 29 March reflected the solidity of two small groups – six Conservative pro-Remain noes, led by Dominic Grieve, and five Labour pro-Leave yeses (up from two and three in the previous votes).
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When devolution started, the civil service was not fully let go by the UK Government. It was called the ‘Scottish Executive’, a subordinate status to the only real ‘government’ in the UK. Its officials remained part of the Home Civil Service. The UK Prime Minister had to approve the appointment of t... Read more
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CCC Fellow Richard Parry (University of Edinburgh) discusses the ‘turbocharging’ of preparations to avoid the ‘undemocratic backstop’   What would happen if Boris Johnson were not dependent on the Democratic Unionist Party for his Commons majority and were able to proceed on Brexit unconstrained b... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses the advent of the new UK Prime Minister and the likely impact of his singular personal style The desire to save space lies behind the appendage ‘universally known as AKK’ on stories about the German Defence Minister and CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The new UK Prime... Read more
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CCC Fellow Richard Parry looks at the development and use of devolved powers after the Welsh Government decides not to make it easier to drive to England   On 4 June Mark Drakeford, the low-key former Professor of Social Policy who took over from Carwyn Jones as Welsh First Minister in December 2018... Read more
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Played-out Brexit takes shape   CCC Fellow Richard Parry reviews Theresa May's abortive plan to get her Brexit "deal" through the Commons as her premiership terminates abruptly.   ‘Played-out’ was a phrase used in the 2017 Conservative election manifesto to indicate what would have to happen to Brex... Read more
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Theresa May is on the retreat -  from any attempt to promise and carry through no deal, from seeking changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, from not organizing European Parliament elections, even from the attempted reinstatement of the 22 May date that was the outcome of the marathon Cabinet of 2 Apri... Read more
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Two essential skills of politicians are timing and counting. On each of the three votes on the EU Withdrawal Agreement the UK government has fallen short of expectations and further behind the game. The majority of 58 against on 29 March reflected the solidity of two small groups – six Conservative... Read more
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Richard Parry assesses the convoluted Brexit developments after a dramatic evening in Brussels when EU leaders made policy in Theresa May’s absence.   To finally defuse the 29 March Brexit bomb Theresa May needs to get an order through Parliament under section 18 (4) of the European Union (Withdraw... Read more
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An MP reading the first eighteen paragraphs of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s legal advice of Tuesday 12 March might have imagined that the conclusion would be similarly upbeat, emphasising how the three new documents tabled after Theresa May’s voice-losing dash to Strasbourg the previous day were... Read more
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‘Le moment est donc venu pour les britanniques de faire de choix’   Emanuel Macron’s words at his press conference with Angela Merkel in Paris on 27 February naturally sound a little more precise and elegant in French. He said the UK must choose; we don’t need more time, but decisions; a request for... Read more
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