What We’re Reading: Brexit & Indyref2

On our blog, fellows and friends of the centre reflect on ongoing Brexit debates, implications for party politics, and the prospect of Indyref2. Michael Keating addresses the question of whether Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain within the single market and within the UK union, concluding that such a system would not be acceptable either to the UK or to the European Union. Kirsty Hughes examines how such an approach might be made to work, political obstacles notwithstanding. Writing before SNP Conference, both James Mitchell and Paul Cairney assesses Nicola Sturgeon’s strategic approach to the independence referendum, with James stressing the importance of timing while Paul identifies three unresolved issues which may impact the vote.
At NIESR, Angus Armstrong discusses the fall of the pound and its implications for British consumers, warning of rises in the price of food and energy and the potential for inflation. On the UK Constitutional Law Association blog, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott assesses the ‘Great Repeal Bill’, identifying legal issues as well as implications for devolved entities. At the LSE British Politics and Policy, Charlotte Galpin expresses concern that Boris Johnson might harm German support for the United Kingdom, with a negative impact on trade. At Cardiff’s Thinking Wales, Jac Larner examines gender and the National Assembly for Wales. Writing at What Scotland Thinks prior to the SNP conference, John Curtice examines changes within the SNP, noting that it is both a party in pursuit of political power but also a ‘movement motivated by an idea’.  At What UK Thinks EU, John Curtice explores the key concerns for voters in the EU ref.
Elsewhere, Nicola McEwen spoke at a Scottish Fabians conference on Scotland, the Union, and Brexit, an event which was covered in The Herald. Nicola also presented at the Bilbao European Encounters 2016 conference.

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20th October 2016
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