News and opinion

Irish border

The Northern Ireland-only backstop revisited

Amid growing speculation that Boris Johnson is prepared to look again at a Northern Ireland-only backstop, CCC Fellow Jonathan Evershed asks whether and how it might provide a solution to the Brexit logjam.
House of Commons

What the Brexit entr’acte may bring

Richard Parry gives some perspectives on what seemed like the downtime of the political drama now reignited by a strong Scottish court ruling against the UK Government.
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Brexit Briefing: Court of Session Ruling

Paul F Scott of Glasgow University reflects on today's Court of Session ruling.
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Brexit Briefing: Prorogation, Ireland, and Trade

Mary C Murphy of University College Cork reflects on the latest Brexit news, including Boris Johnson's meeting in Dublin and the new EU Trade Commissioner.

What was Boris up to in Scotland?

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon of Cambridge University reflect on Boris Johnson's trip to Aberdeen, arguing that it represents a form of 'unionist activism', using the central state to make the case for the Union.
European Council

Could Boris induce the EU27 to reject an extension?

Richard Parry discusses the dangers of a Westminster-centric approach as opposition parties agree not to endorse a 15 October election.
Big Ben

The End of the Whig Constitution

The Brexit saga has not itself changed the constitution but has demonstrated its inadequacies in the age of modern politics when governments and parties are prepared to push it to its limits and beyond, says Professor Michael Keating.
House of Commons

How Boris Johnson’s position collapsed

Richard Parry discusses the Commons vote and the relationship between passing the new Brexit law and calling a General Election.
Brexit scrabble

Brexit scenarios: what might happen next?

In a blog originally published by the Scottish Parliament, Dr Eve Hepburn analyses Brexit scenarios and assesses what might happen next.