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Should SNP opponents start trying to understand why the party is so successful instead of 'treating nationalism like a virus to be cured'? In her contribution to our devolution at 20 series, Lynn Bennie from University of Aberdeen explores how the SNP's electoral success has continues after over 10 years in government.
When the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May was debated in the House of Commons many Conservative MPs argued that they could not vote for an arrangement that would treat Northern Ireland differently from Great Britain. The revised deal negotiated by Boris Johnson envisages far greater divergence within the UK, yet is far more popular among Conservatives. Jack Sheldon and Michael Kenny explain how this u-turn has come about.
If Boris Johnson is serious in his commitments to the Union, he will need a new strategy for managing the territorial constitution, argues Akash Paun from the Institute of Government, as a no deal Brexit would be a high risk gamble with the future of the Union.
Nicola McEwen asks how might the devolved governments of Wales and Scotland respond to Boris Johnson's proposals for Northern Ireland?