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Scottish Border

A very different general election in Scotland

The dynamics of the upcoming general election are very different in Scotland in comparison to the rest of the UK, argues Nicola McEwen in her blog for UK in a Changing Europe, as Brexit is unlikely to be the defining issue, and the SNP look to dominate force.
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General Election 2019 in Northern Ireland: Unionist U-turns and pro-Remain pacts

The 2019 General Election signals a dramatic change in the Northern Irish political landscape. Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork, analyses whats happening in key seats throughout the country and tackles the issues that will dominate the debate.
Scottish Town

Politicians would be wrong to ignore issues facing our towns

Can we generalise the fortunes of towns in the UK? Ben Goodair and Michael Kenny from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy argue that the patterns and policy challenges are very different in Scotland, and debates over the prosperity of towns in Scotland is likely to surface in the upcoming election campaign.
Election Race

Conservatives and Labour trade places on pre-election cohesion

Richard Parry assesses the prospects as the starting-gun is fired on Election 2019.
Labour Down

The Labour Party since Devolution

Eric Shaw from University of Stirling, evaluates the Labour Party's record in Scotland since devolution and asks to what extent is their Scottish demise a consequence of the logic of devolution in our latest instalment of our devolution at 20 series.
Edinburgh

Legislating for EU withdrawal: do the devolved institutions really have 'no role'?

There has been no analysis comparing the treatment of devolution in May's and Johnson's Brexit deals, even though the Withdrawal Agreement could have profound impact on devolved institutions. In this blog from UK in a Changing Europe, Nicola McEwen discusses the role of devolved institutions in scrutinising the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
Future of England

Future of England Survey reveals public attitudes towards Brexit and the union

Deep divides fuelled by the Brexit debate have been laid bare in new research from Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh.
Canada

No passion please, we're Canadian: the 2019 federal election and a divided electorate

Justin Trudeau has lost his majority in the Canadian House of Commons, a relative rare occurrence. Ailsa Henderson explores the drop in support for Trudeau's Liberals and asks what next for this minority government, and their opponents.
Time

The Brexit war of attrition continues

Richard Parry reviews yet more dramatic days in the House of Commons.