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Policymaking in an independent Scotland: profound change is possible but unlikely

In a new blog from the ebook ‘Scotland’s new choice: Independence after Brexit’, Paul Cairney reflects on policy-making in an independent Scotland, concluding that independence would likely be a remarkable event with an unremarkable impact on policy.
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Constitutionally Sound: Scottish Independence, then and now

In 2014, Scotland voted 55% to 45% that Scotland should not be an independent country, and many thought that settled the matter for a generation. But much has changed in the years since, most notably Brexit and Covid-19. Join Allan Little, Nicola McEwen and Ciaran Martin to discuss in the latest episode of our podcast Constitutionally Sound.

Constitutional pathways to a second independence referendum

In a extract from their contribution to the recent ebook ‘Scotland’s new choice: Independence after Brexit’, Chris McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg explore the legal route to independence, but ultimately conclude the vote "will be a matter of politics and not law."
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Constitutional Groundhog Day

The first leader's debate focused on the prospect of a second referendum. As Malcolm Harvey suggests in this new blog, "the constitution is the only game in town".
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CCC's Michael Keating launches new book on the Union

On Monday 12 April, Michael Keating will launch his new book State and Nation in the United Kingdom: The Fractured Union.
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Uncovering the lid on St Andrew's House

As the devolved system attracts unprecedented attention in UK media, Richard Parry discusses the significance of the belated disclosure of sensitive advice at the heart of the Scottish Government.
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Our Fellows on Unionism

Find out what our Fellows have been saying on the current constitutional debate.
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New book shines light on independence after Brexit and the pandemic

What would independence mean for Scotland after Brexit and Covid-19? Out today, our new book 'Scotland's New Choice: Independence after Brexit' aims to inform the debate.