Accept no substitutes! Apparently there is a new unionist group which calls itself 'These Islands'. Imitation is, of course, the sincerest form of flattery, but this new group has no connection with this website. If their intention is to explore potential new constitutional relationships between the nations of these islands, we wish them well. The … Continue reading It ain’t me, babe.
The Supreme Court ruling in relation to Brexit was a thing of paradox. Many people who might normally be assumed to favour popular sovereignty went into ecstasy over a ruling which was a Diceyan reassertion of the sovereignty of Parliament as the guiding principle of the British constitution. It was a stark demonstration of the … Continue reading After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?
During the Brexit referendum campaign, David Cameron argued that a ‘Leave’ vote would result in Scotland leaving the UK. Voting ‘Remain’ was, he claimed, the ‘patriotic’ thing to do. Following the referendum, in which England voted Leave but Scotland voted Remain by almost two to one, Nicola Sturgeon, who no doubt hoped that Cameron’s warning … Continue reading Brexit, Scotland, and the Dog that didn’t Bark.
After the Judgement, Whither Scotland? The Supreme Court ruling in relation to Brexit has brought a certain grim constitutional clarity. It was a reassertion of one of the guiding principles of the British constitution: the sovereignty of Parliament. Even Dicey got a mention in its support (para 43). And let there be no doubt in … Continue reading After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?
The High Court has ruled that there must be a vote in Parliament before Article 50 is triggered. May can probably get a majority in the Commons, but the Lords is a different matter. The possible outcome of this are: 1) the use of the Parliament Act to over ride the Lords - with a … Continue reading The High Court Ruling
What was interesting about this story was this photograph of McCord holding up his two passports – one issued by the Republic, one issued by the UK
As far as support for Scottish independence goes, Brexit - despite what everybody (including me) first thought - is not a game changer. The article below was first published on the LSE's Politics and Policy blog: Scottish independence and the polls: why Brexit is not a game changer It is easy to assume that Brexit … Continue reading Brexit is not a game changer for Scottish independence