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Implications of varying mandate definitions for Indyref2 legitimacy at Westminster-level elections

Mark Shephard, Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, examines the scenario of the SNP campaigning solely on the issue of independence in the next General Election and variations in mandate definitions across the different political groups and academics.
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Watch: Our Scotland, our future

What are young people in Scotland's views, hopes, and fears about Brexit and Scottish independence? We invited young people across Scotland to fill in a survey - here's what they had to say.
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Does the Scottish Parliament have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence?

In a statement last week, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she has referred the question of whether a referendum on Scotland's independence is within the Scottish Parliament's powers to the UK Supreme Court. CCC Associated Fellow Alan Page asks whether the Supreme Court will accept that reference and answer the question.
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Scottish Indyref 2: Towards another constitutional crisis

Nikos Skoutaris gives his perspective on the legal issues around a referendum on Scotland's independence and the 'constitutional crisis' facing the UK.
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Securing Scotland’s independence: Moving beyond process?

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, discusses the paths to independence for Scotland following the First Minister's statement earlier this week, including a new 'plan C' - the next UK general election.
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Listen: Migration challenges after Covid and Brexit

In the latest episode of Constitutionally Sound, experts discuss migration challenges after Brexit, whether immigration policy could be devolved, and immigration in the context of Scottish independence.
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The tentative path to a date with destiny

Richard Parry discusses the pressures from political strategy and legal compliance that lie behind the First Minister’s announcement of a referendum date.
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WATCH: Pathways to an independence referendum

The Scottish Government has said it will hold an independence referendum in 2023. But does it have the power to do so? A new animation from the CCC sets out the likely path to a referendum on Scotland's independence.
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“The festering issue” – the legality of a second independence referendum

With the Scottish Government working towards an independence referendum, discussions continue about the legality of such a referendum. David Torrance, House of Commons Library, examines the "festering issue", arguing that even a consultative referendum could fall outside the scope of the parliament’s powers.