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Brexit and its Implications for Scottish Devolution

With a month to go till Brexit Day, Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director at the Centre, examines what Brexit will mean for Scotland's devolved government.

Scotland to suffer under UK immigration proposals, expert group claims

The St Valentine’s Day Massacre happened in a different way

Richard Parry discusses how attempts by the Prime Minister to postpone the crunch date on Brexit decisions are backfiring.

Environmental governance in Scotland: An analysis of the Scottish Government’s consultation

The Scottish Government has published its Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland, setting out proposals for the status of environmental principles in Scotland and options for monitoring performance, considering complaints and enforcing the law. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee, examines the proposals.

Brexit, Devolution and the UK Internal Market

Over the course of the UK’s preparations for withdrawing from the EU, the issue of the UK’s own internal market has emerged as an issue of concern, and one that has the potentially significant consequences for devolution. Dr Jo Hunt of Cardiff University examines the implications.

Territorial politics, identities and the constitution: setting Brexit in perspective

CCC Fellow Professor Daniel Wincott of Cardiff University examines how Brexit processes have already reshaped territorial politics in the UK and changed its territorial constitution.
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Agriculture Faces Uncertain Future after Brexit

The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy over recent years have shifted the emphasis from farming to the broader concept of rural policy. As member states have gained more discretion in applying policy, the nations of the UK have also diverged, according to local conditions and preferences.

The Repatriation of Competences in Climate and Energy Policy after Brexit

In our latest report for the "Repatriation of Competences: Implications for Devolution" project, Professor Nicola McEwen and Dr Alexandra Remond examine how, in the longer term, Brexit poses significant risks for the climate and energy ambitions of the devolved nations. These include the loss of European Structural and Investment Funds targeted at climate and low carbon energy policies, from which the devolved territories have benefited disproportionately. European Investment Bank loan funding, which has financed high risk renewables projects, especially in Scotland, may also no longer be as accessible, while future access to research and innovation funding remains uncertain. The removal of the EU policy framework, which has incentivised the low carbon ambitions of the devolved nations may also result in lost opportunities.

Brexit game-playing reaches new levels of complexity

The outcome of the various Commons votes this week left certain only that the Government would either secure an amended deal and put it to a meaningful vote on Wednesday 13 February, or in the overwhelmingly likely absence of this make a further statement that day and table another amendable motion for the following day, the Groundhog Day that may lead to a ‘St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ for one side or the other. Richard Parry assesses the further two-week pause in parliamentary action on Brexit