Posts by Michael Keating

The United Kingdom and Scotland are both caught in their own constitutional deadlocks. Westminster is caught in a Brexit bind, with no majority for anything. Both Conservative and Labour leaderships seem to accept that the voters gave Parliament a mandate in June 2016 – but nobody can explain what... Read more
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The Brexit deadlock has not only aired crucial differences in the way the British regard the European project. It has also exposed serious deficiencies in the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution. The failure to resolve the distinct constitutional requirements of Northern Ireland and Northern... Read more
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CCC Director Michael Keating examines whether joining  the EFTA and thereby the EEA could work for the UK in the way that it does for Norway.      When the Brexit debate started back in 2016, one of the options briefly mooted was that the UK could join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)... Read more
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  The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy over recent years have shifted the emphasis from farming to... Read more
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Revised Research Briefing;  The Repatriation of Competences in Agriculture after Brexit   The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU... Read more
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Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.  Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop. The backstop is supposed to be temporary a arrangement to keep the Irish border open. The UK would remain within the customs union and Northern... Read more
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The path to Brexit has once again been blocked, seemingly on the issue of the Irish border and the implications for the peace process launched by the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA, while ending the violence of the Troubles, has not been a complete success. Political and social relations... Read more
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What has been presented as an endgame is really just the beginning of the process and what is being described as the 'transition' or 'implementation' period, says Michael Keating, is really the time in which the real negotiation of what Brexit means will take place.  The Brexit process started in... Read more
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A sbumission from Prof. Michael Keating to the Common Frameworks inquiry. The Finance and Constitution Committee recognised in its interim report on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that “significant further work is required in relation to the scrutiny of developing and agreeing common frameworks” and “... Read more
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The recent introduction of the bill for an Act of Union into the House of Lords is a welcome addition to the debate on the future of Unionism that has been rumbling on since the devolution legislation of 1999 but, says Michael Keating, it contains several problems that will be familiar to those who... Read more
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