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The next parliament will face big dilemmas on Scottish independence

With the Scottish government focused on securing an independence referendum in 2020, the next UK parliament is set to face difficult dilemmas on how to deal with the matter. Jack Sheldon's blog for LSE, explains why the current position of the parties involved, and the trajectory of party support in different parts of the UK, mean that there is a real risk to stumbling towards another major crisis in the UK's territorial constitution.
Agriculture

Scottish Farmers Still Waiting for Clarity on Post-Brexit Policy

There are discussions and consultations underway about the future of Scottish agriculture after Brexit, but the broad consensus is that policy changes are needed now, Brexit or no-Brexit, states Michael Keating.
Analysing the Manifestos: The Liberal Democrats

Analysing the Manifestos: Maintaining the Union(s)

Unlike Labour, the Liberal Democrats have detailed proposals for the constitutional debate, with their focus on two unions - UK and EU. In our next instalment of Analysing the Manifestos, Coree Brown Swan discusses the Liberal Democrat's pledges, asking will they resonate with voters?
Analysing the Manifestos: Conservatives

Analysing the Manifestos: Strengthen the Union

In the second edition of our series analysing where parties stand on constitutional issues, Jack Sheldon looks at where the Conservatives stand on Brexit and Scottish independence.
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The collapse of the WTO court: how will it impact UK trade deals post-Brexit?

On 10th December, the World Trade Organisations appeal court will collapse, after the US failed to appoint sufficient judges to keep it quorate. David Bell, University of Stirling, analyses where this will leave the UK when negotiating trade deals post-Brexit.
ANALYSING THE MANIFESTOS: LABOUR

Analysing the Manifestos: No radical change required?

Throughout the General Election campaign, we will analyse where the parties stand on constitutional issues. Following the launch of the Labour Party's manifesto, Dr Coree Brown Swan looks at Labour commitments.
Messiest Election

Drowning in a Sea of Unknowns: from the Messiest of Elections to the Messiest of Constitutional Futures

The General Election in December is the messiest ever, argues Mark Shephard University of Strathclyde. Voters are thinking in four constitutional futures, but they are unlikely to get the future they vote for.
Lion in front of Spanish Congress of Deputies

Spain's Constitutional Deadlock

Professor Michael Keating of the CCC reflects on the results of last week's election in Spain, arguing that 'The Spanish model of territorial accommodating its nationalities, once a factor for stability, is now in crisis'
Welsh Assembly Interior Column

A very uncertain general election in Wales

For this piece for UK in a Changing Europe, CCC Fellow and Research Director for UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Dan Wincott, and Jac Larner, Research Associate at the Wales Governance Centre, discuss what the upcoming General Election means for Wales, arguing that Labour's hold on nearly three quarters of Westminster seats is likely to change.