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Brexit legislation in the Supreme Court: A Tale of Two Withdrawal Acts?

The Supreme Court's ruling on the Scottish Continuity Bill gave both sides something but acknowledged that the vast bulk of the Bill was within Holyrood's competence at the time it was passed however, suggests Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, the strong feeling that devolved interests are not taken seriously highlights underlying fractures within the Union.
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Brexit, Borders and Backstops

Disagreements about the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland are about more than practical considerations of where customs checks should be performed, says Michael Keating.
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Analysis of the 2019/20 Scottish Budget

Derek MacKay’s third budget of this parliamentary session was doomed to be overshadowed by events at Westminster.
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A Belgian conundrum

Although the N-VA has insisted it left the Belgian government to pursue ’principled opposition’ those principle are, says Coree Brown Swan, at the very least informed by a strategy that allows it to maintain policy influence from outside government while countering the electoral threat posed by a resurgent Vlaams Belang.
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Beyond the backstop: understanding Unionist sentiment in the Brexit debate

Conservative MPs who offer their Unionism as the basis of their rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement have a very particular understanding of both the Union and Conservatism, says Jack Sheldon.

Brexit and the Irish backstop: Where are we now?

Theresa May's public recognition of the realities of the Norther Irish border in her Commons speech withdrawing the Meaningful Vote was, says Jonathan Evershed, much too little and far too late.
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Pat Cox Joins CCC Advisory Board

The Centre has welcomed Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament (2002-2004), as new member to its advisory board.
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The Withdrawal Agreement and Devolution

Disagreements between the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments are about more than inter-party rivalry, says Nicola McEwen, they reflect a very real disagreement about how policy can be made - and by whom.
Hunting the Snark

The Brexit Agreement. Hunting the Snark.

What has been presented as an endgame is really just the beginning of the process and what is being described as the 'transition' or 'implementation' period, says Michael Keating, is really the time in which the real negotiation of what Brexit means will take place.