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The Northern Ireland Protocol: make up or break down?

The Northern Ireland Protocol is not yet two years old but will be subject again in the coming weeks to intensive make or break negotiations – Professor Philip Rycroft explores the latest developments.
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Working Towards New Choices on Migration for Scotland

Dr Sarah Kyambi, Director, Migration Policy Scotland writes: "June 30th 2021 marks the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)."
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Brexit: A journey through the archives

Coree Brown Swan goes back into the archives and examines what our experts had to say in the days following the Brexit vote. For five years of analysis on Brexit and constitutional change, visit our Brexit blogs.
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The Brexit vote and the Union: Scotland five years on

CCC Co-Director Professor Nicola McEwen explores the state of the UK Union five years after Brexit. Originally written for UK in a Changing Europe, on the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
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How Brexit and independence are unusual referendums

Richard Parry discusses how, five years on, the Brexit referendum will influence any future Scottish independence referendum.
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Local election in England: all politics is local?

Arianna Giovannini looks at the local election in England. She stresses that all politics is local, but that’s hard to spot from London.
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Scottish independence: Lessons from the Brexit process?

Benjamin Martill writes: Scottish independence is back on the agenda, largely thanks to Brexit, which has provided the ‘material change in circumstances’ necessary for a further challenge to the status quo.

A first glimpse of post-Brexit politics? England’s May 2021 elections

Jack Sheldon looks ahead to the mayoral and local elections in England which will be held on 6th May. He suggests that they could provide a first glimpse of the shape England’s post-Brexit politics might take, but that the election which seems likely have the most lasting impact on the course of English politics (and that of the wider UK) will be that in Scotland.
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Policymaking in an independent Scotland: profound change is possible but unlikely

In a new blog from the ebook ‘Scotland’s new choice: Independence after Brexit’, Paul Cairney reflects on policy-making in an independent Scotland, concluding that independence would likely be a remarkable event with an unremarkable impact on policy.