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One Endgame or Many?

With the politics of the process changing almost by the minute, Richard Parry assesses the ‘stable text’ of the Brexit agreement.
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Not with a bang but a whimper

As the DUP position shifts and Threatens Theresa May's working majority, Jonathan Evershed assesses the scope and limits of Unionist resistance to the Brexit backstop.

Brexit and Intergovernmental Relations

Professor Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon discuss a new report from the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Bennett Institute offering a comprehensive analysis of the weaknesses that bedevil the machinery for relations between the UK government and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over the coming weeks, we will highlight some of the findings and recommendations.

Press Release - Experts: Greater respect and far-reaching reform needed in intergovernmental relations

Experts from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge have called for far-reaching reforms to the UK’s system of intergovernmental relations (IGR). The report, Reforming Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom, provides the framework for a new system of intergovernmental machinery built around principles of respect, transparency and accountability.
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Reforming Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom: Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

The Centre on Constitutional Change, along with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, has issued a report on the state of intergovernmental relations in the UK. We will be issuing blogs and other resources relating to this report over the coming weeks but this post outlines our key recommendations.
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Taking Back Control and Schrodinger’s Devolution

One of the less anticipated features of Brexit has been the nature of the disputes between the UK Government and the governments of Scotland and Wales. In this guest blog, Mark Sandford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan from the Parliament and Constitution Centre of the House of Commons Library, discuss devolution, and how Brexit has impacted intergovernmental relations between the devolved governments.

The Repatriation of Competencies After Brexit: Justice and Home Affairs

One of the areas of devolved competence that may be affected significantly by Brexit is Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). In this blog post, Professor Stephen Tierney explores the repatriation of JHA competences and the implications for devolution. This coincides with the publication of a new research briefing by Tierney and Remond, produced as part of a UK in a Changing Europe project.
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Governing Northern Ireland without an Executive: Quick Fix or Constitutional Minefield?

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill, which arrives in the House of Lords today, is set to be enacted by way of fast-track legislative procedure this week.
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Facing the strain: intergovernmental relations between Cardiff and Westminster

In the aftermath of the most recent EU Council meeting, the prospect of the UK’s exit from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement looms larger than ever. Greg Davies suggests that this is a test for intergovernmental relations between Cardiff and Westminster and for the wider territorial constitution.