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.

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Guest blog by Michael Kenny, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London

What kind of impact is the Scottish Referendum having on public opinion in England? And might the English end up having a role to play in its outcome? These questions will certainly have been considered by the strategists of both campaigns in Scotland, but have not figured prominently in public debate on Scotland’s future.

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