Is the United Kingdom a Mini-EU?

Ronan McCrea, Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at UCL, draws parallels between the political structure of the UK and the European Union and argues that, with the growth of independence movements in Scotland and Wales, the UK increasingly resembles a loose collection of sovereign nations. The United Kingdom is to leave the European Union, partly in order to protect the right to self-government of … Continue reading Is the United Kingdom a Mini-EU?

Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Public discussions about how the UK is to exit from the European Union have been too simplified, and have failed to come up with any solution that recognises that only England and Wales in fact voted to leave. Brendan O’Leary, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, outlines a way forward where those nations wanting to remain in the EU might be able … Continue reading Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

In the aftermath of last week’s EU referendum, the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty, writes Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, as he outlines two absolutely contrasting scenarios. So the British people have voted by a margin of around 4%, a little more than 1 million votes, to leave the European Union (EU). Where this will lead lies somewhere … Continue reading Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

Scotland and Brexit: A path to independence or crisis?

The likely impact of Brexit on the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK has made all the headlines but, says Kirsty Hughes, that is just the most obvious of the constitutional difficulties posed by a vote to leave. The EU referendum could be held as early as June – if the vote is for Brexit, a UK-wide political crisis is likely. Recent … Continue reading Scotland and Brexit: A path to independence or crisis?