With reference to the impact of Brexit, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, investigates why a mature debate on Union and Scottish independence is not on the horizon for the UK. There is more than a whiff of hysteria in the air about the possibility of the UK fragmenting via Scottish independence and Irish reunification. Two former UK chancellors (one also … Continue reading England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?
Ronan McCrea, Professor of Constitutional and European Law, UCL, illustrates how the choke points in the British constitutional system led a Conservative minority to sideline majority preferences over the form of Brexit. A particularly striking outcome of the Brexit process is that the UK’s constitutional structures ended up delivering a form of Brexit that is significantly more extreme than most of the public wanted. This … Continue reading How Empowering Party Members Produced a Brexit the Voters Didn’t Want
Ronan McCrea, Professor of Constitutional and European Law, UCL, explores the factors that contributed to the EU’s slow approval of the Covid-19 vaccine and assesses the accountability of their decision making. With thousands of daily deaths across Europe and a seemingly slow vaccine roll-out, the EU is coming in for increasing criticism. EU institutions and other relevant actors may have good reasons for the decisions … Continue reading Vaccine roll-out: the EU must be accountable for its decisions
Kirsty Hughes argues that the UK is destined to become a satellite of the EU, and writes that the issue of Europe has become an ‘unending question’ for the whole of the UK. Continue reading The UK’s European Question is Far From Over
Political blogger Jon Worth lays out the varying terminology that could describe Brexit in the absence of a UK-EU deal. Continue reading The No Deal Brexit Terminology