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Shades of Solidarity: Comparing Scottish and Flemish Responses to the Catalan Referendum

From their recently published article, Judith Sijstermans (University of Birmingham) and Coree Brown Swan (Centre on Constitutional Change) examine how European sub-state nationalist parties, specifically the Flemish Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) and the Scottish National Party (SNP), provided support and solidarity throughout the 2017 Catalan referendum.
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Brexit and Beyond: England

John Denham, University of Southampton examines English identity and British unionism in the wake of Brexit - are we likely to see a change to the system of governance in England?
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Brexit and Beyond: Northern Ireland

Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast discusses the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol and what this might mean for Northern Ireland's place in the Union.
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Brexit and Beyond: Wales

Covid-19 and Brexit have engendered a precarious and rather fragile territorial politics, and 'the tumultuous nature of current politics in Wales means that what was inconceivable is now conceivable' according to Laura McAllister, Cardiff University. Taken from UK in a Changing Europe's 'Brexit and Beyond' report, Laura discusses the past, present and future of Welsh territorial politics.
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Brexit and Beyond: Scotland

Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh discusses the situation in Scotland following Brexit, explaining the complexities and how these might impact support for independence.
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The Future of the Union

Will Brexit lead to the break up of the UK? Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge discuss in their contribution to UK in a Changing Europe's 'Brexit and Beyond' report.
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Public Attitudes in Scotland

From the UK and a Changing Europe's recent report 'Brexit and Beyond', Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh discusses the factors that help to explain why current support for independence is high, and looks ahead to the Scottish Parliament elections in May, anticipating the themes of the campaign.
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Royal Commission Redux

Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath, evaluates the idea of a Royal Commission on the Constitution, but the UK has been here before - are there lessons to be learned from the Kilbrandon Commission?
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Holding Scottish Parliament Elections During the Pandemic: What to Expect?

There has been much debate over whether the Scottish Parliament elections should be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Alistair Clark (Newcastle University) argues that, for the most part, elections throughout the world have continued during the pandemic and parties can continue to campaign. So, what can expect from this election?