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Over the last twenty years, the United Kingdom has undergone a programme of constitutional reform embedded in membership of the European Union (EU). Devolved legislatures and governments have been established in different forms in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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April 2018 - Journal of Common Market Studies

Authors: Daniel Cetrà and Robert Liñeira

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April 2018 - Comparative Political Economy series

The implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland are profound, given its history and geographical position as a land border with the European Union.

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September 2017 - Palgrave Macmillan

M. Keating, G. Laforest (Eds.) - Constitutional Politics and the Territorial Question in Canada and the United Kingdom

Federalism and Devolution Compared

Series: Comparative Territorial Politics

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March 2017 - Edinburgh University Press

How can Scotland use its new and existing powers to create a brighter economic and social future?

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February 2017 - Oxford University Press

On 18 September 2014, Scotland held a referendum on the question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

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Oxford University Press - The Scottish Independence Referendum
Edited by Aileen McHarg, Tom Mullen, Alan Page, and Neil Walker
  • Provides an essential, one-stop resource for academics, students, and all others who are interested in learning about the referendum and its aftermath
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The Political Quarterly, Volume 87, Issue 2

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.

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The Hunter Foundation has teamed up with some of the UK’s leading European scholars to produce a free ebook to answer voters’ questions before the EU referendum on June 23rd.

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