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Scottish Indyref 2: Towards another constitutional crisis

Nikos Skoutaris gives his perspective on the legal issues around a referendum on Scotland's independence and the 'constitutional crisis' facing the UK.
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Securing Scotland’s independence: Moving beyond process?

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, discusses the paths to independence for Scotland following the First Minister's statement earlier this week, including a new 'plan C' - the next UK general election.
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Listen: Migration challenges after Covid and Brexit

In the latest episode of Constitutionally Sound, experts discuss migration challenges after Brexit, whether immigration policy could be devolved, and immigration in the context of Scottish independence.
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The tentative path to a date with destiny

Richard Parry discusses the pressures from political strategy and legal compliance that lie behind the First Minister’s announcement of a referendum date.
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WATCH: Pathways to an independence referendum

The Scottish Government has said it will hold an independence referendum in 2023. But does it have the power to do so? A new animation from the CCC sets out the likely path to a referendum on Scotland's independence.
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“The festering issue” – the legality of a second independence referendum

With the Scottish Government working towards an independence referendum, discussions continue about the legality of such a referendum. David Torrance, House of Commons Library, examines the "festering issue", arguing that even a consultative referendum could fall outside the scope of the parliament’s powers.
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Northern Ireland: A pawn in the new waiting game

Lisa Claire Whitten, Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast and the Post-Brexit Governance NI project, reacts to the latest developments around the Northern Ireland Protocol, writing that Northern Ireland finds itself at the centre of a new UK-EU waiting game.
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Spotlight on…Scottish independence

Following the launch of the Scottish Government's first in a series of papers on Scotland’s independence, we’ve collected key reads from our experts giving analysis on borders, economics, Scotland’s relationship with the EU and more.
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A design for modern Britain: Confederal Federalism

Glyndwr Cennydd Jones writes that 'the traditional model of a federal UK is currently a politically problematic proposal' and suggests confederal federalism in the UK is a 'broad, constitutional compromise', and an answer to challenges ahead.