Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  The question of how much power and influence … Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States

David Gow, Editor of Sceptical.scot, assesses the strategies which smaller EU member states use to influence EU industrial and green strategy. Focusing on success stories like Finland and Denmark, he outlines important lessons for Scotland.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  Towards the end of its six-month EU presidency, in late … Continue reading Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States

Scotland’s European Choices as UK Exits the EU

As some claim that the elections results put an end to the Brexit debate, Kirsty Hughes argues that the independence debate is not going away and re-joining the EU will be core to the discussions.  In just two weeks, the UK will leave the EU – a huge damaging folly, irreversible in the next few years. And, as Boris Johnson predictably rejects the Scottish government’s … Continue reading Scotland’s European Choices as UK Exits the EU

Indyref2: A bold but unsurprising move from Nicola Sturgeon

In a speech on 13 March, Nicola Sturgeon outlined her intention to call a second Scottish independence referendum. Paul Anderson, Canterbury Christ Church University, writes that while the announcement was not surprising given recent speculation, it was nevertheless a bold move on the part of Sturgeon. Only time will tell, however, whether she will be remembered as the First Minister who presided over the independence of … Continue reading Indyref2: A bold but unsurprising move from Nicola Sturgeon

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?