Devolution and Constitution

Brexit and the territorial constitution: déjà vu all over again?

Posted on 2 August 2018 by Professor Daniel Wincott

Brexit is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses. The territorial constitution is particularly fragile. Pursuing Brexit, Theresa May’s government has stumbled into deep questions about devolution. The territorial politics of Brexit is a bewildering mix of ignorance, apparent disdain, confrontation, cooperation and collaboration. Rarely have the so-called devolution ‘settlements’ appeared more unsettled. The UK’s
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Labouring the issue

Posted on 31 May 2018 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Much media and academic attention on Brexit has understandably focussed on the external dimension: the complex negotiations between the UK and the EU over withdrawal and a future relationship. A great deal has also concentrated on the difficult internal politics at Westminster – with Theresa May’s government, lacking a parliamentary majority and deeply internally divided,
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Brexit and the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

Posted on 9 April 2018 by Dr Thomas Leahy

This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, which ended over twenty-five years of conflict in Northern Ireland. Whilst the Good Friday Agreement remains secure, its key principles of consent and self-determination are under increasing pressure from Brexit and the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) political deal with the UK Conservative government.
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Brexit and Wales

Posted on 29 March 2018 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Wales voted for Brexit – to the undisguised shock of nearly all its political and socio-economic elites. The Leave vote severely undermined the long-cultivated self-image of Wales: a vision, sustained by the nation’s long electoral aversion to the Conservative Party, of Wales as a more politically progressive nation than its English neighbour. That vision was
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