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The same, but different

The same, but different? A return to power-sharing in Northern Ireland

It’s hard not to question where and when challenges might arise that could trigger the next political crisis in Northern Ireland when the process of stop-start politics has become a perverse norm of governance here. Has anything changed this time around, and what does it mean for the future of power-sharing?
Declaration of Arbroath

A battle of sovereignties?

Since Brexit 2016, we seem to have entered a battle of sovereignties – Scottish and British – between two apparently antithetical conceptions of sovereignty, reflected in political struggles between nationalists and unionists. But can we be sure that this is a binary divide? Or do we nowadays live in a post-sovereignty world, as the late Neil MacCormick argued?
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Scotland's Constitutional Future

EVENT - 22 November 2022

As we emerge from Brexit and the Covid crisis, and in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, are the powers of the Scottish Parliament still fit for purpose? Is there a more optimal balance of powers for Scotland within the Union? Is federalism a viable option for the UK, and what would it look like? Alternatively, what would it mean for Scotland to be independent in today’s world? What would be the economic and political challenges facing Scotland were it to become an independent country?
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WATCH: Brexit and devolution

How has Brexit affected the relationship between the UK and devolved governments? A new animation from the Centre on Constitutional Change explains the impact of Brexit on devolution.
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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.
Migration challenges after Brexit and Covid

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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Northern Ireland: A pawn in the new waiting game

Lisa Claire Whitten, Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast and the Post-Brexit Governance NI project, reacts to the latest developments around the Northern Ireland Protocol, writing that Northern Ireland finds itself at the centre of a new UK-EU waiting game.
Constitutionally Sound, episode 11, Northern Ireland after the election

Experts discuss Northern Ireland and the 2022 Assembly elections in new podcast episode

In the latest episode of the Constitutionally Sound podcast, our guests Katy Hayward and David McCann discuss what happened at the Northern Ireland 2022 Assembly election; the Alliance 'surge'; the Protocol; and what next for Northern Ireland.
Constitutionally Sound episode 10: The Constitutional Future of Wales

New podcast episode examines the constitutional future of Wales

In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Nicola McEwen is joined by Laura McAllister, Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University, to discuss the constitutional future of Wales.