Stephen Tierney

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University of Edinburgh
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There are significant gaps in the information available to policymakers and citizens at this crucial constitutional moment for Scotland. Stephen Tierney has been engaged in advising the Scottish Parliament on the Referendum Bill, applying his research on international referendum practice to help ensure that the process in 2014 is properly democratic. Through the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law he has also been addressing the substantive issues at stake, including what independence would mean for the constitution of Scotland, and the constitutional process that would likely follow in the event of a Yes vote. Other work has been on the European and International law issues that would need to be addressed were Scotland to become independent. See the paper: Legal Issues Surrounding the Referendum on Independence for Scotland.

A key issue is to help inform the public and in particular young voters. To that end Tierney’s project website offers quizzes aimed at young people, testing their knowledge of the UK and Scottish constitutional systems and, in due course, of the independence issue itself http://www.scottishindependenceaudit.ed.ac.uk/quizzes

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Relationships beyond Scotland, Centre on Constitutional Change

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Thursday’s election leaves the Anglo-Scottish Union on the brink. A combination of the first past the post system and the crystallisation of increasingly sharp attitudinal differences between England and Scotland has produced starkly divergent political systems which are now set to clash in the Hous... Read more
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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 tab... 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 Scot... 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 th... 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 yes... 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 Septem... 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 in... 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 bee... 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 vot... Read more
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