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Scotland and Immigration

The August 25th panel discussion for the 2013 Festival of Politics entitled “What is the Future of Immigration in Scotland?” proved to be a passionate and informative discussion regarding present and future migration issues in Scotland.

Public Attitudes to Our Constitutional Future

Academics and journalists came together to discuss ‘Public Attitudes to our Constitutional Future’ at the Festival of Politics.

Regulating the Referendum on Scottish Independence

The referendum on independence is still almost 13 months away and already most attention is focused on major substantive issues such as economic relations between an independent Scotland and the United Kingdom, and the ease or difficulty with which an independent Scotland would achieve membership of the European Union.

'Scotland's Defence' at the Festival of Politics: Staying above politics is still politics

This was an elegant lesson in democratic politics. A few in the audience wanted to heckle and speak out of turn. The rest were having none of it, insisting through a collective murmur that they should follow the unspoken rules.

Welcome to the Future of the UK and Scotland website

Scotland’s referendum on 18 September 2014 poses a fundamental question about the future of the UK and Scotland: whether a new Scottish state is created, or whether the UK continues to exist as now.

Partnership after Independence

In little over a year from now, the Scottish electorate will be asked to determine whether Scotland should be an independent country. But what does it mean to be an independent country in an interdependent world?

The state of public attitudes

We have now reached the half way mark in the referendum campaign. It is just over twelve months since the two ‘official’ referendum campaigns, Better Together and Yes Scotland, were launched. And it is just over twelve months to polling day on 18th September 2014.

What future for the Scottish-EU relationship?

Speculating on the future Scottish-EU relationship is tricky, not least as many issues are still to be resolved – be it the Scottish independence referendum or the UK’s potential EU in-out referendum.