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Richard Parry discusses the varied responses to the pandemic between the devolved nations in the UK and beyond, and what this tells us about the relationship between the political system and expert advice.
In a recent article for Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Coree Brown Swan (University of Edinburgh) and Daniel Cetrà (University of Aberdeen) compare unionism and nationalism in the UK and Spain. In this blog they've given us a teaser of what you can expect.
Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast, discusses Brexit and the Irish border, and the lessons Scotland can learn from this. From a Scottish Centre on European Relations report 'An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession'.
Influenced by the long-term implications of Covid-19 and related economic crisis, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have made a previously unthinkable move, and agreed to form a coalition government, assuming they can gain support from one other party. Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork, evaluates the proposals they have put forward to smaller parties, asking whether the EU is likely to become a more contested issue for the next Irish government.
Judith Sijstermans, University of Birmingham, highlights the disjointed approach taken by the United States in the COVID-19 crisis, exploring how the pandemic has enabled Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, to promote the state's autonomous role in domestic and foreign politics.
As part of Scottish Centre on European Relations report 'An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession', Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh, explains the challenges the Scottish government will face 'keeping pace' with EU regulatory standards in devolved policy areas, and how this is likely to impact the likelihood of an independent Scotland rejoining the EU after independence.
Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, and Hedydd Phylip, Cardiff University, discuss the next stage of Brexit negotiations and how the UK Government can involve the devolved nations in negotiations over frameworks in devolved policy areas.
Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, discuss the seemingly co-ordinated approach from governments throughout the UK in response to the coronavirus, but all may not be as harmonious as it seems.
David Bell, University of Stirling, for the Scottish Centre on European Relations latest report 'An Independent Scotland in EU: Issues for Accession' discusses what the implications would be for Scotland in creating an EU-rUK border should they rejoin the EU after independence, arguing that this is a completely different debate to 2014, and explaining the close analogies with Brexit and the border with Ireland.