Under Northern Ireland’s unique devolution arrangements, yesterday’s resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness looks set to trigger an early election, and could have more serious implications for power-sharing government in Belfast, says Akash Paun.
Today the Scottish Government publishes its proposals for how Scotland can remain in the EU Single Market despite Brexit. In a few weeks, the Supreme Court will deliver a potentially explosive judgment on how the UK Government must legally trigger Article 50. 2016 was a year of constitutional turmoil, but Akash Paun says the drama is far from over.
Today in Glasgow at the SNP autumn conference, Nicola Sturgeon addressed her party faithful for the first time since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Akash Paun argues that the speech sets the UK and Scottish governments on a collision course.
How the devolved governments will be involved in Brexit is a matter of serious concern in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – even if it may not feel like a top priority in Westminster. Akash Paun looks at how the process should work and what happens if it goes wrong.
Last week the Institute for Government ran its first ever work experience programme. Four A-Level Politics students from Pimlico Academy spent the week with us, gaining experience of working at a think tank and supporting our work on Brexit, parliament and devolution. In this blog, Beverley Agyekum, Sophie Winter, Chloe Hook, and Nazmin Hussain share their reflections on their week with us.
What will be the implications of Brexit for the Union? How should the UK Government involve the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments in the Brexit negotiations? Akash Paun discusses a recent Institute for Government event that explored these issues with senior officials from the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
The UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU), but 62% of Scottish voters, including a majority in every local authority area, backed Remain. This has triggered a debate about what power Scotland has to prevent itself being pulled out of the EU against the wishes of its government, parliament and voters. Akash Paun discusses the options.
The shockwaves from yesterday’s earthquake continue to reverberate through the political landscape. The Prime Minister has been toppled, and the existing differences between the UK’s four nations threaten to widen into serious rifts. In particular, the place of Scotland in the UK – supposedly settled for a generation two years ago – is again in question. Akash Paun explains.
Although this Thursday’s vote on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is only the third ever UK-wide referendum, it is becoming more common for major reforms to be referred to the people to decide. Akash Paun discusses the lack of rules or conventions guiding the use of referendums in the UK.
In the end, there has been no change at the top of government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following this month’s elections. But this apparent continuity masks the drama of the government formation process. The process also shows that the governments will have to work with other parties to govern effectively. Akash Paun discusses what’s been occurring.