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Centre on Constitutional Change & Institute for Fiscal Studies, 23 February 2016

"The UK and Scottish Governments have so far failed to agree the new 'fiscal framework' that must accompany the transfer of tax and welfare powers recommended by the Smith Commission and set out in the Scotland Bill.

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Report for the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee, January 2016
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.
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The Royal Society of Edinburgh Joint event with the Royal Society of Canada - 14 & 15 September 2015

Federalism in Canada and devolution in the United Kingdom both face emerging challenges. Questions exist over the right level of social solidarity and welfare. There are disputes over fiscal decentralisation and transfers.

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As the Scotland Bill continues its journey through Westminster, Prof Nicola McEwen addressed a recent public meeting discussing its progress and implications. These are the slides from that event, organised in association with Democracy Matters and the ESRC. 

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This paper was first published in two parts on the UK Constitutional Law Association's website on 2 & 3 December, 2015.

On 20 October 2015, the UK Government published the draft Wales Bill. The overall purpose of the Bill is to implement the UK Government’s St David’s Day “Agreement” of February 2015 in order to establish a clear and lasting devolution settlement for Wales.

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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee Report - November 2015

The Committee has published a short, accessible Guide to Devolution in Scotland, containing information and facts and figures on devolution to date and the key features of the Scotland Bill 2015-16.

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Published with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, 20 November 2015
The Scotland Bill, currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament, will transfer a range of tax and spending powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament. At the same time, an adjustment will have to be made to Scotland’s block grant funding from Westminster.
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This paper is published by the IRPP, 18 November 2015
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This current reform is also likely to have wider constitutional implications. It is possible that it will in time lead to pressure for a more substantive form of EVEL, particularly if further powers are devolved to other parts of the UK. 

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