02 June 2017

Devolution is not a major theme of the election campaign. But with significant uncertainty hanging over the constitution, there are four big questions a new government will have to address. Akash Paun discusses what the manifestos say.

22 March 2017

The Scottish Parliament will soon vote on whether to back the Scottish Government plan to request that Westminster devolves the power to hold a second referendum on independence. Akash Paun (naively) hopes this will mark the start of a positive dialogue between the UK and Scottish governments.

14 March 2017

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence. Akash Paun explains what happens next.

20 December 2016

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. 

10 November 2016

There continues to be significant debate over UK immigration policy, and what price the country may pay for imposing restrictions on EU migrants in terms of Single Market access. Aron Cheung says this issue divides the UK and devolved governments, and looks at the radical solutions proposed.

13 October 2016

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.

23 September 2016

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.

11 August 2016

In the aftermath of the EU referendum, there has been debate over whether the devolved legislatures could hinder Brexit via the ‘legislative consent’ convention. George Miller explains what this is and how it works.

22 July 2016

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.

05 July 2016

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.