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ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Seminar Series: Aberdeen

The United Kingdom faces a momentous decision, whether to leave or to remain in the European Union. Voters, who will soon be asked to settle the matter in a referendum, are looking for more information and impartial analysis.

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ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Seminar Series: Sheffield

The United Kingdom faces a momentous decision, whether to leave or to remain in the European Union. Voters, who will soon be asked to settle the matter in a referendum, are looking for more information and impartial analysis.

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This paper was submitted to, and published by, the House of Commons Business, Innovations and Skills Committee as part of its inquiry into business attitudes to the EU referendum, 26 April 2016

It has been suggested that, with some notable exceptions, business reaction to the prospect of a UK withdrawal from the EU is determined to a large degree by the size of the company concerned. Such suggestions, however, obscure other more explanatory factors.

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Scottish Economic and Fiscal Studies
New analysis by Prof David Bell, a CCC Fellow based at the University of Stirling, has concluded that those benefits newly devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, “are typically older, more likely to be single following the death of a partner, not in employment and heavily dependent on benefits a
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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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