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Fishing and Brexit go hand in hand. The UK fishing industry is dominated by Scottish production, and the Scottish Government will argue for a prominent role when negotiations around EU market access take place, states David Bell. But, how will this impact intergovernmental relations between the Scottish and UK Governments?
The Scottish First Minister has requested the Prime Minister bring forward an order allowing the Scottish Parliament to approve a second referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of this, while the Prime Minister has refused. Here we present three blogs looking at the constitutional and political arguments about a second independence referendum. All views expressed are those of the authors and not of the Centre on Constitutional Change.
What are the options for Scotland's relationship with Europe? Kirsty Hughes discusses how Brexit has radically changed the implications for an independent Scotland in the EU.
England's regional governance is going to become more prominent in policy terms because of the implications of Brexit. But what to do about devolution in England? Michael Kenny states that the new UK Government will have a challenge navigating territorial tensions.
The 1998 Belfast Agreement included a three-stranded formula aiming to institutionalise contested relationships within Northern Ireland, between Northern Ireland and Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the UK. Mary Murphy examines the ways Brexit has challenged the three strands of this agreement.
What challenges does leaving the European Union pose for the Unions of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? On 3 February we launched our latest report, Brexit and the Union where our Fellows discuss some of the issues Brexit presents for the UK's territorial and constitutional future.
Richard Parry suggests a new source for a famous description of devolution, and discusses the interaction between Brexit and Scottish constitutional change. Brexit Day leads to a new context for the debate, but securing independence from outside the EU poses difficulties that the SNP did not face in 2014.
There remains many outstanding questions about the domestic post-Brexit arrangements among UK devolved institutions, but, as Jack Sheldon, University of Cambridge, states, UK parliaments across the UK will need to be pro-active if they want to have input in this process. How could the institutions do this?
It is commonplace in Britain to identify a “political class”, out of touch with the general population. It was promised that the Scottish Parliament would broaden recruitment of MSPs, becoming more representative to class, ethnicity, gender, education and former careers. But, Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen, and Paul Cairney, University of Stirling, argue that we have not seen such a divergence between MSPs and MPs.