UK Constitutional Law Association

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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 · 12 Comments

Aileen McHarg: What Does the Union Need to Do to Survive?

The victory for the No campaign in last week’s referendum means that, for the foreseeable future, Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom, and that its (domestic) governance will … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 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

Cormac Mac Amhlaigh: For a Constitutional Convention for the United Kingdom

The referendum has come and gone and there is a mix of numbness and relief intermingled into the haar which descended upon Edinburgh several days ago but failed to dampen … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 7 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 · 2 Comments

John Stanton: Democracy and Scotland: Turning out for something special

And so the 2014 Scottish Referendum is done. The people of Scotland have voted and have rejected independence to the tune of 55% – 45%. Of course, the matter is … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mark Elliott: Scotland has voted “no”. What next for the UK constitution?

After a very long — and at times electrifying — campaign, a modest but decisive majority of those who participated in the referendum on Scottish independence have voted “no”. In … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

Aileen McHarg: The Vow: Vote No for More Devo

Today’s papers carry the text of a pledge by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg that a No vote in Thursday’s referendum is not a vote for the status … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Alan Trench: What follows the referendum: the process of negotiating Scottish independence, or of delivering Devo More

Back in May, I gave a lecture at the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus about what might follow the vote in the Scottish referendum. I’m afraid I’ve only now had … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

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