England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be Done?

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?

How Empowering Party Members Produced a Brexit the Voters Didn’t Want

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

Vaccine roll-out: the EU must be accountable for its decisions

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