Michael Keating

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Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen and Director of ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change
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Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen, part-time Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change. He has a BA from the University of Oxford and in 1975 was the first PhD graduate from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University. He has taught in several universities including Strathclyde, Western Ontario and the European University Institute, as well as universities in Spain and France.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences. Michael Keating is the author or editor of over thirty books on Scottish politics, European politics, nationalism and regionalism. Among his recent books are The Independence of Scotland (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Rescaling the European State (Oxford University Press, 2013).

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If Westminster were to assert the view that Brexit falls under foreign affairs and is therefore a reserved matter, the devolved territories would have little legal recourse but, says Michael Keating, doing would re-open the whole question of the nature of the union.  The UK Government has promised a... Read more
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In this extended blog, Prof Michael Keating considers Scotland's options for remaining in the EU - economically, politically or both.    In 2014 Scotland voted by 55 per cent to stay in the United Kingdom. Now it has voted by a larger margin (62 per cent) to stay in the European Union. It cannot, it... Read more
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In this piece, originally published in the Irish Times, Michael Keating explores the deep and irreconcilable tendencies within the Leave campaign: Europeans, Little Englanders, and Globalists.  The outcome of the referendum has left the UK deeply divided, by age, class, education and territory. Thes... Read more
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As the politicians try to make sense of the referendum result, they are struggling to define what ‘leave’ actually means. There are two issues at stake here: access to the European market; and membership of the political union.  Many on the Leave side are suggesting that the UK will retain access t... Read more
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There is great uncertainty about what lies ahead for the UK’s relationship with the European Union but one thing is clear. Out means out. We will not have membership of the Union, with the right to participate in its affairs and vote on its laws. We will be outside the European single market. This... Read more
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UK withdrawal from the European Union would not automatically put the clock back to 1973 because the world has changed since then. International trade is subject to regulation under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and regional trading blocks. It would therefore be necessary to decide on the count... Read more
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Four points of the European compass will need to be addressed, no matter your views on Brexit, says Michael Keating. This post originally appeared in The Scotsman. Four big issues have featured in the debate about the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) and the present referendum campaign: th... Read more
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Michael Keating asks if the United Kingdom votes to withdraw from the European Union on 23 June, what would the outcome of Brexit actually mean? Posted orginially in the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Business Bulletin. If the United Kingdom votes to withdraw from the European Union on... Read more
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The EU referendum debate looks very different depending on where it's viewed from, says Michael Keating, and its repercussions may herald change across the UK and beyond.    As the EU referendum campaign gathers momentum, polls show the UK almost evenly divided on the merits of staying in and pullin... Read more
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The scale of the changes negotiated by David Cameron may be relatively modest, says Michael Keating, but they have far-reaching results regardless of the outcome of the referendum.    The outcome of the marathon European Council can be interpreted in a narrow or a broad way.    In the narrow interpr... Read more
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Latest blogs

  • 16th August 2018

    A week after the state of intergovernmental relations (IGR) in the UK was highlighted by the UK government’s law officers standing in opposition to their devolved counterparts in the UK Supreme Court, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee published a report on improving IGR after Brexit. Jack Sheldon discusses the methods by which England could gain distinct representation — something it currently lacks — in a new IGR system.

  • 10th August 2018

    Brexit is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses. The territorial constitution is particularly fragile. Pursuing Brexit, Theresa May’s government has stumbled into deep questions about devolution.

  • 8th August 2018

    The UK in a Changing Europe has formed a new Brexit Policy Panel (BPP). The BPP is a cross-disciplinary group of over 100 leading social scientists created to provide ongoing analysis of where we have got to in the Brexit process, and to forecast where we are headed. Members of the UK in a Changing Europe Brexit Policy Panel complete a monthly survey addressing three key areas of uncertainty around Brexit: if —and when—the UK will leave the EU; how Brexit will affect British politics; and what our relationship with the EU is likely to look like in the future. The CCC participates on the Panel.

  • 2nd August 2018

    The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee issued its report ‘Devolution and Exiting the EU: reconciling differences and building strong relationships’. Discussing its contents, Professor Nicola McEwen suggests that the report includes some practical recommendations, some of which were informed by CCC research. It also shines a light on some of the more difficult challenges ahead.

  • 31st July 2018

    The politicisation of Brexit, combined with deteriorating relations between London and Dublin, has created a toxic atmosphere in Northern Ireland, says Mary Murphy, which will require imagination and possibly new institutions to resolve.

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