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Devolution in democracies

The last two weeks have been fairly hectic with following the Scottish referendum and visits to the British and Scottish parliaments in the aftermath of the referendum. 644 more words


Constitutional reform following the Scottish referendum: a short(ish) reading list

Since the result of the Scottish referendum was announced last week, there has been a great deal of discussion about both Scotland’s constitutional future within the UK and the position of England. 262 more words

Constitutional Law

Why Is It So Hard to Answer the West Lothian Question?

After it was clear that Scotland would stay in the Union, David Cameron made a bold statement:

It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of our United Kingdom…I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England.

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British Constitution

What is the Barnett Formula?

The Barnett Formula has been getting a lot of airtime today as politicians and pundits discuss the future of the British constitution. So what is it, and why is it controversial? 339 more words

British Constitution

Article in "The Conversation" on the Scottish independence vote

I published a long piece earlier today about the Scottish independence vote — and, in particular, its constitutional implications for the UK as a whole. I have also written a much shorter article for  10 more words

Constitutional Law

What of Opposition in Scotland Now?

As I walked through the streets of Glasgow today, I noticed two things: firstly, the sight of a trampled Yes sign in the middle of the road that seemed to be mimicking my emotions, and secondly, it occurred to me that all I could hear in the air was politics. 449 more words