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After three years of stasis, devolution in Northern Ireland is grinding back into gear, following the publication at the end of last week of New Decade, New Approach – the Irish and British governments’ plan to get power-sharing back on the road. Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork, evaluates the deal and what it is promising for Northern Ireland.
Unionism has come back to the forefront of politics following the election of the new Conservative government in December 2019. Jennifer Todd, University College Dublin, discusses unionism and what the future might hold for Northern Ireland's unions.
In this blog from our "Twenty Years of Devolution" series, Prof Colin Reid notes that while the role of EU law in environmental matters has so far constrained the extent to which devolution has led to divergence within the UK, current developments suggest that the future may bring greater differentiation.
The distribution of MPs is not even across the UK, this could have a significant impact on how the House of Commons handles key matters related to Brexit and the union, argues Jack Sheldon, the Bennett Institute of Public Policy.
Boris Johnson used his victory speech to restate his intention to lead a 'one nation' government. But he made no direct reference to either Scotland or Northern Ireland, where the 'one nation' idea is under most obvious threat. Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, consider whether Boris Johnson is likely to be the last Prime Minister of a United Kingdom.
What does the general election result mean for Scotland? In her piece for the Washington Post, Coree Brown Swan considers the future of the union following Thursday's vote.
Greg Davies, Cardiff University, considers the impact the general election result is likely to have on the constitutional future of Wales.