News and opinion

Edinburgh

Legislating for EU withdrawal: do the devolved institutions really have 'no role'?

There has been no analysis comparing the treatment of devolution in May's and Johnson's Brexit deals, even though the Withdrawal Agreement could have profound impact on devolved institutions. In this blog from UK in a Changing Europe, Nicola McEwen discusses the role of devolved institutions in scrutinising the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
Canada

No passion please, we're Canadian: the 2019 federal election and a divided electorate

Justin Trudeau has lost his majority in the Canadian House of Commons, a relative rare occurrence. Ailsa Henderson explores the drop in support for Trudeau's Liberals and asks what next for this minority government, and their opponents.
Time

The Brexit war of attrition continues

Richard Parry reviews yet more dramatic days in the House of Commons.
SNP numbers at Westminster

The SNP: A Party of Union?

Should SNP opponents start trying to understand why the party is so successful instead of 'treating nationalism like a virus to be cured'? In her contribution to our devolution at 20 series, Lynn Bennie from University of Aberdeen explores how the SNP's electoral success has continues after over 10 years in government.
Divergence

Whatever happened to Tory unionism?

When the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May was debated in the House of Commons many Conservative MPs argued that they could not vote for an arrangement that would treat Northern Ireland differently from Great Britain. The revised deal negotiated by Boris Johnson envisages far greater divergence within the UK, yet is far more popular among Conservatives. Jack Sheldon and Michael Kenny explain how this u-turn has come about.
Stormont

High noon for the DUP: The Brexit Deal, ‘Consent’ and the Abortion Debate in Northern Ireland

Jonathan Evershed of University College Cork explores the DUP strategy ahead of Saturday's debates.
Giant's Causeway

The Backstop is Gone. Welcome to the Backstop.

Michael Keating evaluates Boris Johnson's replacement for the backstop - a new version of the backstop.
EU Downing Street

Boris makes the great leap

Richard Parry assesses the differences between the May and Johnson deals and why the new one opts for loosening union ties with Northern Ireland.
Deal or no deal

Deal or no deal, the UK Government needs a new strategy for the Union

If Boris Johnson is serious in his commitments to the Union, he will need a new strategy for managing the territorial constitution, argues Akash Paun from the Institute of Government, as a no deal Brexit would be a high risk gamble with the future of the Union.