UK Constitutional Law Association

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Mark Elliott: A “Permanent” Scottish Parliament and the Sovereignty of the UK Parliament: Four Perspectives

The Report of the Smith Commission for Further Devolution of Powers to the Scottish Parliament has been published. It contains an array of significant proposals concerning the devolution of further authority to … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stephen Tierney: Is a Federal Britain Now Inevitable?     

The Smith Commission Report issued today promises a restructuring of the United Kingdom which may prove to be more significant than the devolution settlement of 1997-98 itself; the acquisition of … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stephen Tierney: Solomon Grundy Does Constitutional Change: The Smith Commission Timetable to Transform the Scottish Parliament

In the month of November the Smith Commission is set to draw up the most significant programme of constitutional change for the United Kingdom since 1998. Already the period within … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 5 Comments

Stephen Tierney: ‘And the Winner is… the Referendum’: Scottish Independence and the Deliberative Participation of Citizens

Only 45% of Scots said yes to independent statehood, but a massive majority said yes to direct democracy. The turnout of 84.65% was the highest for any UK electoral event … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 6 Comments

Barry Winetrobe: The West Lothian Dead End: Asking the Wrong Question after the Scottish Referendum

Barry Winetrobe argues that the sudden focus on the ‘West Lothian/English Question’ is misconceived, and that it is just a surrogate for the more salient issue of sub-national financial arrangements. … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Nick Barber: If Scotland Had Voted Yes…

This is a copy of a blog post that was, in the event, not needed. My colleagues have told me that my writing has a calming, if not soporific, quality, … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Paul Reid: Where now after ‘no’? A starter for 10.

It is often said that one of the greatest characteristics of the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution is its ability to evolve and adapt to change.  From the Prime Minister’s statement … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 1 Comment
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