Devolution

Northern Ireland’s precarious place in the molten constitution

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

Recent events in Northern Ireland – in particular the resignation of First Minister Paul Givan on 3 February 2022 – have highlighted once more the precarity of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing arrangements and the exceptional nature of the … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland’s precarious place in the molten constitution

‘Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on’: devolution and Scotland’s role in the world

By: Reuben Duffy

In 1967, Winnie Ewing uttered the immortal words ‘stop the world, Scotland wants to get on’ and helped thrust the SNP into centre-stage of Scottish politics. Decades later, it is clear that Scotland has indeed gotten on in the world. More than two … [Read more...] about ‘Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on’: devolution and Scotland’s role in the world

Respect and co-operation: building a stronger Union for the twenty-first century

By: Ann Taylor

Respect and Co-operation: Building a Stronger Union for the 21st century is the title of a recent report from the House of Lords Constitution Committee, which I chaired while it considered this important topic. The words in the report’s title are … [Read more...] about Respect and co-operation: building a stronger Union for the twenty-first century

The UK government and a second Scottish independence referendum: an unsustainable paradox?

By: Ciaran Martin

Since Scotland’s votes were counted a month ago, there has been much debate about whether the results constituted a ‘mandate’ for an independence referendum. Some debated the significance, or lack of it, of the absence of a single party majority for … [Read more...] about The UK government and a second Scottish independence referendum: an unsustainable paradox?

Union at the Crossroads: Why the British state must overhaul its approach to devolution

By: Jack Sheldon

The future of the UK Union is of increasing salience for British policy-makers. Against the backdrop of the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus, speculation about its break-up has become widespread. With support for Scottish independence … [Read more...] about Union at the Crossroads: Why the British state must overhaul its approach to devolution