Professor Charlie Jeffery reflects on the key findings of the 2014 Future of England Survey as debate on the constitutional question – and UKIP’s rise – unfolds in England.
Scotland’s big question was resolved on 18 September 2014. Early the next morning David Cameron opened up the English question, announcing:
The independence referendum focussed the attention in the UK and beyond on Scotland. However, argues Professor Richard Wyn Jones, the contours of the constitutional debate throughout the UK should not be seen from an entirely Scottish perspective.
Let me cut to the chase. Folks, it’s not all about Scotland.
Historian Linda Colley rejects the idea that British disintegration is inevitable but says a new constitutional settlement is needed to bind the nations and people of the United Kingdom together, and to help clarify its relationship with Europe. The English, she argues, would benefit from having a parliament of their own.
Professor Colley was interviewed by Guy Lodge, co-editor of Juncture and an associate director at IPPR.