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Irish border

Boris offers a Brexit landing-space over the rainbow

Richard Parry discusses the UK’s long-awaited articulation of what ‘alternative arrangements’ for Ireland might mean

break up of the UK

Will a no deal Brexit lead to the break-up of the UK?

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon from The Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, address the gap and explore what a no-deal Brexit might mean for the domestic Union – could the UK break apart as a result?
Pro-independence protest in Barcelona

Catalonia Two Years After the 2017 Independence Referendum

Two years after the independence referendum in Catalonia Daniel Cetrà reviews the current situation and looks ahead to the implications of the trial verdict.
customs

What might the Prime Minister’s immigration proposals mean for Scotland?

Eve Hepburn examines Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposals for a new Australian-style points-based immigration system, and its implications for regional differentiation for Scotland.
Stack of newspapers

Scotland’s media, politics and the digital revolution

Professor Philip Schlesinger of the University of Glasgow looks at Scotland’s post-devolution media and the wider forces driving change in the communications ecology.

Assessing the decision

Stephen Tierney of Edinburgh University outlines the Supreme Court's decision. He argues 'This unanimous decision is remarkable for its significance, the speed at which it was arrived at and the strident tone of the judgment'
Justice

The defence of parliamentary democracy

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at Durham University responds to the judgement, arguing that the ruling marks a comprehensive defeat for the government and a defence, by the court, of the principles of parliamentary democracy.
UK Supreme Court

A Constitutional Court?

Michael Keating reflects on today's ruling, arguing that 'the Supreme Court at last start to act like a constitutional court'
supreme court

It was an alibi, not a justification

Richard Parry discusses the way that the UK Government made it easy for the Supreme Court to regard the prorogation decision as unlawful.