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Humza Yousaf in the Scottish parliament

Devolution to Scotland

We scrutinise devolution to Scotland and consider the implications of possible future constitutional change – including Scottish independence.

Scotland voted in 2014 to stay in the United Kingdom, but this referendum did not settle the Scottish constitutional debate. The Scottish National Party remains firmly committed to independence. Among unionists, there is debate over whether the Scottish parliament should take on further powers or just concentrate on improving the public services it already controls.

We aim to illuminate the polarised debate over Scotland’s future. We highlight the trade-offs facing Scotland, for instance in choosing between membership of the UK and EU. We analyse the legal and practical obstacles that would have to be overcome on the path to independence. And we consider how Scottish devolution works now – and how it could become more effective.

Scottish independence

When and how could a second referendum on Scottish independence take place?

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