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Scotland and Brexit: is Damage Limitation a Good Strategy?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | “As the weeks and months of Brexit shambles go on, Theresa May’s government has failed to come up with a coherent, feasible strategy for a withdrawal deal or a future UK-EU relationship…
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EU’s Mounting Challenges: Pan-EU Solutions Vital But Absent

| David Gow

COMMENT | “The German question” is the header on the latest print edition of the Spiegel. As if it never went away. It has nothing to do with the World Cup…
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Cyprus Problem: Running Out of Time?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | While, on the EU’s north-west edge, Brexit talks become ever more bitter, at its most south-easterly point, in Cyprus, the mood is low with few hopes for finally resolving the decades long division of the island since Turkish troops invaded in 1974…
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Banquo’s Ghost: the Growth Commission, the EU and Scottish Independence

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | Like Banquo’s ghost, the European Union makes rather few appearances in the report of the SNP’s Growth Commission. But its rather invisible presence can be felt throughout. Given the Scottish government – and SNP’s – policy that an…
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New Scottish Campaign Launches – Declaration: Scotland for Europe.

| SCER

COMMENT | A new Scottish civil society campaign to stay in the EU has launched today, showing that the majority support in Scotland for ‘remain’…
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Brexit Endgame: Uncertainty Mounts in Face of Deep Tory Divides

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | With just 6 months to go to finalise the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the watchword most frequently heard around Whitehall and Westminster is ‘uncertainty’. The cabinet are at daggers drawn over the future customs relationship with the EU…
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Deepening Political Divisions and Exacerbating Peripherality: Scotland, Northern Ireland and Brexit

| Kirsty Hughes and Katy Hayward

COMMENT | The two Remain-voting areas of the UK face being hard-hit by Brexit. Brexit fears are different in several respects in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Most obviously, the peace process, the operation of the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement…
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Brexit, Northern Ireland and Scotland: Comparing Political Dynamics and Prospects in the Two ‘Remain’ Areas

| Kirsty Hughes and Katy Hayward

POLICY PAPER | The two ‘Remain’ areas of the UK – Northern Ireland and Scotland – are mostly analysed separately in Brexit debates. Northern Ireland faces a unique complex of problems given the challenge of managing the Irish border as an external…
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