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Stormont

Stormont Restored: New Decade, New Approach?

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.
Union letter

Northern Ireland and Unionism

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.
environment

Devolution and the Environment - now the show begins?

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.
House of Commons

What does the election result mean for territorial representation in the House of Commons?

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.
Westminster

England votes for a break from politics

Richard Parry discusses the way that the 2019 UK General Election bucked the trend for surprise results.
Boris Johnson

How can Boris Johnson keep the UK together?

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.

The U.K. will leave the European Union. Does that mean Scotland will leave the U.K.?

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.
snp manifesto

The General Election and Indy Ref 2

CCC Director, Michael Keating, discusses the SNP's success in the general election and considers the likelihood of a second independence referendum in 2020.
Abstract

General Election 2019: constitutional challenges for the Welsh government

Greg Davies, Cardiff University, considers the impact the general election result is likely to have on the constitutional future of Wales.