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Boris makes the great leap

Richard Parry assesses the differences between the May and Johnson deals and why the new one opts for loosening union ties with Northern Ireland.
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Deal or no deal, the UK Government needs a new strategy for the Union

If Boris Johnson is serious in his commitments to the Union, he will need a new strategy for managing the territorial constitution, argues Akash Paun from the Institute of Government, as a no deal Brexit would be a high risk gamble with the future of the Union.
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Brexit Briefing: A changing succession of ‘clarifying moments’ from the big Brexit players

Richard Parry reviews a frantic week with the biggest events still to come
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A territorial perspective on the UK proposals to replace the backstop

Nicola McEwen asks how might the devolved governments of Wales and Scotland respond to Boris Johnson's proposals for Northern Ireland?

The Brexit Proposals: A Complex, Convoluted and Contested ‘Compromise’ for Northern Ireland

Mary C. Murphy of University College Cork discusses the Prime Minister’s ‘compromise’ for Northern Ireland.
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Boris offers a Brexit landing-space over the rainbow

Richard Parry discusses the UK’s long-awaited articulation of what ‘alternative arrangements’ for Ireland might mean

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Will a no deal Brexit lead to the break-up of the UK?

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon from The Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, address the gap and explore what a no-deal Brexit might mean for the domestic Union – could the UK break apart as a result?
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Catalonia Two Years After the 2017 Independence Referendum

Two years after the independence referendum in Catalonia Daniel Cetrà reviews the current situation and looks ahead to the implications of the trial verdict.
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What might the Prime Minister’s immigration proposals mean for Scotland?

Eve Hepburn examines Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposals for a new Australian-style points-based immigration system, and its implications for regional differentiation for Scotland.