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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On 24 October the plenary Joint Ministerial Committee [JMC (P)] of UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland leaders met for the first time in two years. The occasion for resurrecting what had become an almost moribund body was to discuss the ‘UK approach’ to Brexit promised by the Prime Minister. Th... Read more
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The simple answer is 'No' - if Scotland and Northern Ireland were to remain within the single market and customs union, they could not simultaneously be within the UK economic union.    In the aftermath of the referendum vote, there was much support in Scotland and Northern Ireland for a ‘soft Brexi... Read more
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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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