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Westminster’s seemingly endless Brexit drama has taken yet another twist with Commons Speaker John Bercow’s ruling that the government cannot bring forward a third ‘meaningful vote’ on its Brexit deal without a substantive change to the proposition. What does it all mean? CCC Fellow Jack Sheldon (Bennett Institute of Public Policy, Cambridge) looks behind the headlines.
Dr Mary C Murphy of University College Cork explains that the Irish backstop issue cannot simply be reduced to one which pits Northern Ireland's unionists against nationalists. Forces outside of politics, representing a cross-section of society, tacitly support the backstop.
Richard Parry discusses the fraught few days in prospect at Westminster as the Brexit endgame comes into view.
In his new book, Nationalism, Liberalism and Language in Catalonia and Flanders, CCC Research fellow Dr. Daniel Cetrà examines the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nationalism.
Professor David Bell, of the University of Stirling, looks ahead to the US-UK trade negotiations post Brexit and how US demands will inevitably produce pitched battles over food quality standards, not least in Scotland.