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Covid-19 Excess Deaths: a comparison between Scotland and England/Wales

There has been a steady flow of daily statisics for Covid-19 cases in the UK, however, these are most probably understatements of true numbers. John Houston, University of Stirling, provides an in-depth analysis of Covid-19 cases and 'excess' death rates to allow comparisons between Scotland, England and Wales.

How can relations between the UK's governments be made more effective?

After Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, how can intergovernmental relations in the UK be more effective? Nicola McEwen, Michael Kenny, Jack Sheldon and Coree Brown Swan discuss.

Brexit negotiations: the devolution dimension

Covid-19 has demonstrated that the each part of the UK is governed different, however, CCC Co-Director Nicola McEwen argues that Brexit negotiations provide a stark contrast as the priorities of the four territories have been overshadowed by the UK government's monopoly of the negotiation process.

Unrequited amity? Irish plans for enhanced British-Irish relations not reciprocated

Voting takes place later this week on 'Our Shared Future' Programme for Government - agreed between Ireland's Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Mary C Murphy, University College Cork, analyses what this might mean for the Northern Ireland peace process, Brexit and Ireland's relationship with the UK and its devolved nations.

'Slowly but with a long tail' - an uneasy return to normality

The general emergence from lockdown is in full flow. Richard Parry discusses the contrasts between England, Scotland and Ireland in the way the process is being managed and the evidence assessed.

'Our Shared Future': Ireland's New Programme for Government

Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork, reflects on all that's happened since the Irish General Election and analyses Our Shared Future, Ireland's new Programme for Government.

Brexit, the press and the territorial constitution

Greg Davies and Dan Wincott, Cardiff University, examine press coverage across four major court judgements from after the 2016 Brexit referendum and how this shaped the UK's constitutional politics.

Reasonableness the Welsh Way

Guest blog from Professor Emyr Lewis and Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz, Aberystwyth University, interpreting the lockdown provisions in the Public Health (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Hong Kong’s National Security Law: weaponizing the constitution, securitizing authoritarianism

Jean-François Dupré discusses recent events in Hong Kong, where the central government has undertaken to impose its National Security Law (NSL). What is the likely impact on the democracy movement and Hong Kong's constitution?