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Commission on Justice in Wales

The Commission on Justice in Wales (Thomas Commission)

The Commission on Justice in Wales, chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, will further clarify the legal and political identity of Wales within the UK constitution. Doing so, explains Prof Dan Wincott, will also bring clarity to the enduring significance of other territorial legal jurisdictions.
Brexit

UK & Devolved Governments Need to Cooperate on Environment After Brexit

The Brexit and Environment network has spent the last year researching the implications of Brexit for environmental policy, with a particular focus on the devolved nations, which are all too often overlooked in these debates. They have developed three reports that detail their findings from meetings with stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and they bring together insights from these in an overarching UK report. In this blog post, they summarise their key findings and recommendations.
The Union

Press Release: May’s ‘Precious Union’ has Little Support in Brexit Britain

Theresa May’s ‘precious Union’ has little in the way of meaningful support from her own supporters or self-professed Unionists in other parties.
Hill Farming

The Agriculture Bill and the Implications for Devolution

Buried within the UK Agriculture Bill, a clause allowing UK ministers to determine which of three WTO 'boxes' state aid for farmers should goes into could prove difficult for the devolved administrations.

The Ghost at the Feast: The Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly and the Brexit backstop

CCC Fellow Jonathan Evershed of University College Cork assess the fallout from the Prime Minister's unhappy appearance at the Salzberg summit.
Brexit

Six months to Brexit day

Our friends at UK in a Changing Europe marked 6 months to Brexit on Saturday 29th September with a video and 2 reports.
Brexit Jack

Brexit, Northern Ireland, and Devolution

Dr Amanda Kramer, Research Fellow in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, examines one of the biggest difficulties facing the UK government in the current Brexit negotiations, which is how to resolve the problems that Brexit has created for Northern Ireland. Cross posted from European Futures. http://www.europeanfutures.ed.ac.uk/article-7178
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Transition and Ireland/Northern Ireland

For Ireland, the Brexit discussion has focused heavily on the Irish issue. This has meant an unrelenting emphasis on securing a Brexit deal which ensures no border on the island of Ireland, and achieving a backstop provision which guarantees this scenario. The expectation is that this will be achieved in the context of the Withdrawal Agreement, and before the transition phase begins. Dr Mary C Murphy looks at what the Brexit transition period means for Ireland, North and South.

Can high-tech solutions fix border issues?

In her third blog on international trade issues and Brexit, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at the high-tech US-Canada border amid claims that it offers a template to ensure a "frictionless" border in Ireland.