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Has the UK really taken back control?

In a blog which reflects on the EU Referendum vote five years on, Michael Keating asks “has the UK really taken back control?”
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The Brexit vote and the Union: Scotland five years on

CCC Co-Director Professor Nicola McEwen explores the state of the UK Union five years after Brexit. Originally written for UK in a Changing Europe, on the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum.
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How Brexit and independence are unusual referendums

Richard Parry discusses how, five years on, the Brexit referendum will influence any future Scottish independence referendum.
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Northern Ireland and Unionism

This summer, we will be revisiting the best research and analysis published by the CCC in recent years. This blog by Jennifer Todd was originally published in January 2020. Unionism has come back to the forefront of politics following the election of the new Conservative government in December 2019.
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Experts discuss Northern Ireland in new episode of Constitutionally Sound

In the latest episode of Constitutionally Sound, host Allan Little is joined by Katy Hayward and Jonathan Powell to discuss the Good Friday Agreement, Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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Constitutionally Sound: Election Edition

In this special edition of the Constitutionally Sound podcast, Professor Ailsa Henderson of the University of Edinburgh and Professor Richard Wyn Jones of Cardiff University join host Allan Little to discuss the election results in Scotland and Wales.
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Scotland’s Approach to Human Rights and Foreign Policy

As the dust settles on the Scottish elections, Kurt Mills, Andrea Birdsall and Naomi McAuliffe reflect on the manifesto commitments the parties made to external relations and human rights. They expect to see a progressive and engaged Scotland that supports human rights domestically and internationally, even if the key fault line of independence continues to divide the population.
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Election Reflections: A Good Campaign, a Poor Result

Coree Brown Swan provides a quick reaction piece on how Labour finds itself squeezed between two dominant rivals.

Local election in England: all politics is local?

Arianna Giovannini looks at the local election in England. She stresses that all politics is local, but that’s hard to spot from London.