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Why Scotland’s election result is unlikely to hasten a referendum

In a recent article for The Guardian, Michael Keating discusses the split on independence in Scotland, and how a lengthy constitutional stalemate seems likely.
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Does a majority of seats from pro-independence parties in the Scottish Parliament provide a mandate for a second independence referendum?

Most sides like to claim that they have the people on their side…that they have a mandate for action…Following the 2019 General Election in which the Conservatives won 56% of the seats (365/650), Boris Johnson claimed he had a mandate to get Brexit done. Also following that election, the SNP won 81% of the Scottish seats (48/59) and so Nicola Sturgeon claimed to have a mandate for the Scottish Parliament to be given the right to decide upon a second independence referendum.
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Long Read: Community, church and culture in boundary-making: the legacies of partition in the two parts of Ireland.

In a talk prepared for the BBC at Queen’s University Belfast, Jennifer Todd reflects on the legacies of partition one hundred years on.
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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.
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Union at the crossroads: can the British state handle the challenges of devolution?

The looming sense of crisis over the Union of the United Kingdom seems to thicken with each passing week. As we head towards the May elections, polls indicate that there will be a nationalist majority in the Scottish parliament, giving renewed vigour to the demand for a second independence referendum.
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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.
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Constitutional pathways to a second independence referendum

In a extract from their contribution to the recent ebook ‘Scotland’s new choice: Independence after Brexit’, Chris McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg explore the legal route to independence, but ultimately conclude the vote "will be a matter of politics and not law."
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CCC's Michael Keating launches new book on the Union

On Monday 12 April, Michael Keating will launch his new book State and Nation in the United Kingdom: The Fractured Union.
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Our Fellows on Unionism

Find out what our Fellows have been saying on the current constitutional debate.