Posts by Stephen Tierney

The United Kingdom constitution seems set to be restructured once again following the general election in May, with the three main UK parties as well as the SNP and Greens in Scotland committed to implementing the Smith Commission recommendations, and with draft clauses for change already on the... Read more
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The Smith proposals are radical: the devolution of extensive tax and welfare powers will make Scotland one of the most autonomous regions in Western Europe. It seems that only a federal system can manage these changes while also giving Scotland a continuing stake in the Union. Otherwise, as the... Read more
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Stephen Tierney asks is it feasible to address additional powers for the Scottish Parliament alone without also considering the knock-on consequences for the entire country? This post was originally posted on The United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA) blog. In the month of November... Read more
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Stephen Tierney discusses how the Scottish referendum has not changed the borders of the UK but it has challenged the boundaries of our imagination. This post originally appeared on UK Constitutional Law Association Only 45% of Scots said yes to independent statehood, but a massive majority said... Read more
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Stephen Tierney and Katie Boyle Executive Summary This paper addresses the road to membership of the European Union for an independent Scotland. The UK Government and Scottish Government each undertook in the Edinburgh Agreement of 15 October 2012 to respect the result of the referendum of 18... Read more
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Stephen Tierney and Katie Boyle Today we publish a paper which is the outcome of an Economic and Social Research Council research project exploring the legal issues surrounding membership of the European Union for an independent Scotland. We conclude that: There are strong reasons to believe that... Read more
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On 16 June the Scottish Government unveiled its Scottish Independence Bill in an address by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, to the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. The referendum on independence for Scotland will be held on 18 September this year and commentators have... Read more
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The framework for human rights protection contained in the Scottish Government’s recent  publication, the Scottish Independence Bill: A Consultation on an Interim Constitution for Scotland (see Boyle, Tierney and McHarg) is notable in promising a more robust form of legal protection for fundamental... Read more
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Stephen Tierney reflects on the forthcoming draft independence bill and the constitutional implications. Later this month we expect that the Scottish Government will publish for consultation a draft Scottish Independence Bill. This would be introduced into the Scottish Parliament following a Yes... Read more
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The sixteen week ‘campaign period’ has begun, leading up to the vote on 18 September. In this period the two main campaign groups, Yes Scotland and Better Together, as well as the political parties in Scotland, are subject to tight spending controls.  These rules are legally binding and any breach... Read more
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  • 19th October 2018

    Proposed revisions to the Basque Statute of Autonomy have revealed underlying tensions but the fault lines are not where an outside observer might assume they would be. They are fundamental and political and, explains Michael Keating, unlikely to be resolved by technocratic debate.

  • 16th October 2018

    Bavaria’s long-dominant party, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), has reached its worst election result in 60 years. As well as causing a headache for Angela Merkel, argues Patrick Utz, this political earthquake reveals Bavaria’s predicament between regionalism and populism,.

  • 15th October 2018

    As the buildup to the EU Council meeting reaches fever pitch, Richard Parry explains that deals at dawn may work in Brussels but they don't always play to the home crowd.

  • 13th October 2018

    Theresa May’s efforts to keep her DUP allies onside may, suggests Prof Nicola McEwen, end up easing Nicola Sturgeon’s path to independence following any subsequent referendum on the subject.

  • 12th October 2018

    The Commission on Justice in Wales, chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, will further clarify the legal and political identity of Wales within the UK constitution. Doing so, explains Prof Dan Wincott, will also bring clarity to the enduring significance of other territorial legal jurisdictions.

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