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The Irish Sea and the maritime borders between Britain and Ireland, needs to receive more focus in Brexit discussions argue Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork and Rhys Jones, Aberystwyth University, as the UK’s Internal Market Bill, could significantly affect UK ports like Liverpool, Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven, and the Irish ports of Dublin and Rosslare.
New rules on the UK’s internal market will undermine devolution and create distrust between the governments of the United Kingdom, according to a new report from Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh.
"The most dangerous impact of the Brexit process and of the Internal Market Bill on the Good Friday Agreement is its impact on trust and security in Northern Ireland and between the two governments" writes Etain Tannam, Trinity College, and Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork.
What does the British public want in terms of a longer-term relationship with the European Union? Simon Hix (LSE), Clifton van der Linden (McMaster University) and Mark Pickup (Simon Fraser University) conducted a survey experiment with a random sample of British voters, where they asked them to choose between hypothetical “package deals”.
The UK Government’s Internal Market Bill sparked controversy when the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, conceded the government’s willingness to depart from international law in overriding aspects of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement. Its implications for devolution are no less controversial. Join Mure Dickie of the Financial Times as he moderates a discussion between Nicola McEwen, Aileen McHarg, and Michael Keating.
Giada Laganà explores the effectiveness of the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Programme and the EU's role in managing and developing cross-border cooperation.
Analysis from Nicola McEwen on the Internal Market Bill, exploring the suggested recentralisation of power and the implications for the Sewel convention and intergovernmental relations.
CCC Director, Michael Keating, responds to the UK Government's Internal Market Bill, explaining the impact this is likely to have on devolution and the devolved settlements.
Has the Conservative Party abandoned its unionist heritage to focus on other goals? Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, explore how the Union featured in the Conservative Party's elites during Theresa May's premiership, and argue that a more assertive and self-conscious type of unionism has displaced the more pragmatic unionism of previous decades.