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24th August 2017
post by Michael Keating

It will be difficult for the Isle of Man to resolve its post-Brexit relationship with the EU, says Prof Michael Keating, until Britain's position is clearer.

17th August 2017
post by Richard Parry

Richard Parry discusses the UK’s return to EU negotiating action.

17th July 2017
post by Paul Cairney

Profs Paul Cairney, Nicola McEwen, Aileen McHarg, Karen Turner and David Wilson recently received a UKERC grant to research UK 'energy systems' in the context of multilevel policymaking. They explain that, just to start with, this will require defining many of the subjects of their research.

17th July 2017
post by Michael Keating

Michael Keating considers the EU Withdrawal bill and explains that it has sizable implications for the future of devolution and the UK constitution more generally.

12th July 2017
post by Michael Keating

What will happen in Catalonia on October 1? Something, for sure, says Michael Keating, but it's really not clear what that will be.

28th June 2017
post by Richard Parry

The First Minister's statement to parliament was uncomfortable for her but at least gives her a deadline. In the light of which, suggests Richard Parry, political observers might like to look at a calendar.

27th June 2017
post by Centre on Const...

Margaret Smith, former Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh West, discusses how much was expected of the Lib Dems going into this year’s elections.

27th June 2017
post by Centre on Const...

Simon Clark, Head of School of Economics, University of Edinburgh, suggests that the election campaign put Europe into perspective. It is neither the root cause of our problems, nor a magic solution to them.

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  • 20th July 2018

    Richard Parry reviews a fast-evolving situation as the march of time and need to reconcile rhetoric and practicality constrain policy-makers

  • 13th July 2018

    The White Paper published this week talks about the UK Government making ‘sovereign decisions’ to adopt European rules but, as we know from the experience of Norway and Switzerland, this can be an illusory sovereignty when the costs of deviating from the rules is exclusion from the single market or European programmes. CCC Director Professor Michael Keating looks at whether the UK is ready for this kind of deal.

  • 12th July 2018

    Last week the government released its fisheries white paper. While most of the fisheries and Brexit debate centres on quotas and access to waters, there is also an important devolution dimension. Brexit already has profound consequences for the UK’s devolution settlement and fisheries policy is one example of this. So, in addition to communicating its overall vision for post-Brexit fisheries policy, the white paper was also an opportunity for the government to set out how it would see that policy working in the devolved UK.

  • 4th July 2018

    At the same time as Parliament prepares to ‘take back control’ from Brussels, the executive is in fact accruing to itself further control over the legislative process. CCC Fellow Professor Stephen Tierney addresses a number of trends – only some of which are a direct consequence of the unique circumstances of Brexit – which suggest a deeper realignment of institutional power within the constitution and a consequent diminution of Parliament’s legislative power.

  • 27th June 2018

    Faced with a choice between splitting her Cabinet into winners and losers, Theresa May has sought to keep the Brexit crap game going. She does this by avoiding betting on either a hard or soft Brexit. Professor Richard Rose of Strathclyde looks at the high stakes outcomes facing the Prime Minister. .

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