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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.
CCC Co-Director, Nicola McEwen discusses the proposals set out in the UK Government's recent white paper on the Internal Market, and explains how these could have a profound impact on devolution in the UK.
Covid-19 has demonstrated that the each part of the UK is governed different, however, CCC Co-Director Nicola McEwen argues that Brexit negotiations provide a stark contrast as the priorities of the four territories have been overshadowed by the UK government's monopoly of the negotiation process.
Greg Davies and Dan Wincott, Cardiff University, examine press coverage across four major court judgements from after the 2016 Brexit referendum and how this shaped the UK's constitutional politics.
As Brexit negotiations continue, the question still stands, what will the relationship between the UK and EU look like? CCC Director, Michael Keating, discusses the different versions of Brexit held by the UK and EU, and what we might expect from negotiations going forward.
Influenced by the long-term implications of Covid-19 and related economic crisis, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have made a previously unthinkable move, and agreed to form a coalition government, assuming they can gain support from one other party. Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork, evaluates the proposals they have put forward to smaller parties, asking whether the EU is likely to become a more contested issue for the next Irish government.
Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, and Hedydd Phylip, Cardiff University, discuss the next stage of Brexit negotiations and how the UK Government can involve the devolved nations in negotiations over frameworks in devolved policy areas.
David Bell, University of Stirling, for the Scottish Centre on European Relations latest report 'An Independent Scotland in EU: Issues for Accession' discusses what the implications would be for Scotland in creating an EU-rUK border should they rejoin the EU after independence, arguing that this is a completely different debate to 2014, and explaining the close analogies with Brexit and the border with Ireland.