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

Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at University College Dublin, outlines the success and influence of Ireland as an EU member state. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  As a former colony with a strong sense of independence, Ireland’s willingness to pool its hard-won sovereignty in the European Union has most … Continue reading Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

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

Why Northern Ireland can’t afford a ‘do or die’ Brexit

Boris Johnson is demanding that the Withdrawal Agreement is scrapped and renegotiated, and is insisting that he won’t meet EU leaders until they agree to this. The major source of contention is the backstop, which guarantees an open border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit, but ties the UK to the EU’s Customs Union. In a new Brexit Insights paper, Dr Nicholas Wright assesses the … Continue reading Why Northern Ireland can’t afford a ‘do or die’ Brexit