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Much of the Brexit-related talk has focused on the size of the money pie but, says Michael Keating, determining how it will be cut is just as important. 

After Brexit, money currently spent on EU agriculture and structural funds will revert to the UK. These are the largest items in the EU budget so that the sums are important.  The question has arisen as to how they will be distributed across the UK. Currently, the devolved governments do rather well in these fields. 

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Philosophers have long argued over who has the right to self-determination and by what means. For nationalists, the answer might be obvious – it is the nation. Yet we know that nations are created, reshaped and contested over time. Primordial constructions of the nation, based on blood and descent, are sociologically discredited. So for some of its residents, Catalonia is a nation while others see it as a region of Spain. Other thinkers argue that self-determination applies only to existing states, except in the case of overseas colonial rule (it is called the ‘salt water’ doctrine).
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Neither the Spanish nor Catalan government's have the mandate or the room for manoeuvre that would allow them to break the current impasse, says Michael Keating. 
 
Catalans’ views on the proposed independence referendum differ. Some are completely in favour and will vote Yes. Others believe that Catalonia has the right to have a say on its own future but would vote No. A few support the Spanish Government’s stance, that any kind of vote on independence is out of the question.
 
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Decisions over the repatriation of powers and the role of a 'UK single Market' will have significant implications for the future of devolution and the nature of the UK as a state, says Michael Keating. 

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It will be difficult for the Isle of Man to resolve its post-Brexit relationship with the EU, says Prof Michael Keating, until Britain's position is clearer. 
 
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Michael Keating considers the EU Withdrawal bill and explains that it has sizable implications for the future of devolution and the UK constitution more generally. 
 
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What will happen in Catalonia on October 1? Something, for sure, says Michael Keating, but it's really not clear what that will be. 
 
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Theresa May called the snap election hoping for a strong majority, to give her a free hand to deal with the EU. While promising a ‘UK approach’ to Brexit, the Conservatives rejected different arrangements for the UK’s component nations or anything more than a consultative role for the devolved governments. Following the General Election, this may have to change.

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Neither the Spanish nor Catalan government's have the mandate or the room for manoeuvre that would allow them to break the current impasse, says Michael Keating.    Catalans’ views on the proposed independence referendum differ. Some are completely in favour and will vote Yes. Others believe that Ca... Read more
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Decisions over the repatriation of powers and the role of a 'UK single Market' will have significant implications for the future of devolution and the nature of the UK as a state, says Michael Keating.  The devolution statutes for Scotland and Wales of the late 1990s were more permissive than those... Read more
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M. Keating, G. Laforest (Eds.) - Constitutional Politics and the Territorial Question in Canada and the United Kingdom Federalism and Devolution Compared Series: Comparative Territorial Politics Contributes to our understanding of constitutional and political developments taking place in Canada and... Read more
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Michael Keating remembers his friend and colleague Prof Bob Young who has passed away. Prof Young was a member of the Centre's advisory board and a tireless supporter of our work.  It is with profound sadness that we note the death of Professor Robert Young of the University of Western Ontario. Bob... Read more
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It will be difficult for the Isle of Man to resolve its post-Brexit relationship with the EU, says Prof Michael Keating, until Britain's position is clearer.    Brexit has shed light on parts of the constitutional arrangement across these islands that normally receive little attention. Issues that h... Read more
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Michael Keating considers the EU Withdrawal bill and explains that it has sizable implications for the future of devolution and the UK constitution more generally.    One of the many contentious details of Brexit is what will happen to those competences that are currently both devolved to Scotland,... Read more
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What will happen in Catalonia on October 1? Something, for sure, says Michael Keating, but it's really not clear what that will be.    Something will happen in Catalonia on 1 October but nobody knows quite what. This is the date chosen by the Catalan government for a referendum on independence from... Read more
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Theresa May called the snap election hoping for a strong majority, to give her a free hand to deal with the EU. While promising a ‘UK approach’ to Brexit, the Conservatives rejected different arrangements for the UK’s component nations or anything more than a consultative role for the devolved gover... Read more
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At one time, Scottish politics, like those elsewhere in Great Britain, divided rather clearly on the left-right axis, with elections disputed between Labour and the Conservatives. In the mid-twentieth century, they divided the vote fairly evenly between them. Since the 1970s, another axis has become... Read more
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After twenty years of reform, says Michael Keating, the UK constitution is back where it started.    The British constitution is often praised for its flexibility and capacity to adapt. On the other hand, critics have consistently complained that it gives too much power to the executive and lacks ch... Read more
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