Michael Keating

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Michael
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Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen and Director of ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change
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University of Aberdeen
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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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Director, Centre on Constitutional Change

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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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The United Kingdom has the right, under the Lisbon Treaty, to leave the European Union, as explained in Sionaidh Douglas-Scott’s paper for the Committee. Yet it remains unclear what the consequences of a vote to leave would be, given the uncertainty about the alternatives. Few of the protagonists in... Read more
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David Cameron’s proposed areas for renegotiation have implications for the Scottish Government, a situation that will increase once the Scotland Bill is passed. The distinct Scottish interest in the European renegotiation and referendum can be seen under two headings. The first concerns matters rese... Read more
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Twenty five years ago, the historian Eric Hobsbawm announced the end of nations and nationalism. Like the Owl of Minerva, they appeared in view only as they flew into the twilight. In 2015, however, nationalism looks very much alive, with restive movements even in established states like the United... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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