Message from the Director

| SCER

COMMENT The Scottish Centre on European Relations was founded as Scotland’s first independent European think tank in March 2017. Since then, we have contributed to a broad and lively debate on European affairs in Scotland, the UK and the EU…
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Independence and the Border: Some Key Questions

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT If Scotland becomes independent in the EU, then the border between Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK) will be one of the EU’s external borders. Having control of your own borders might look like one of the most obvious, and even positive, aspects of independence. But the border question has been mostly tip-toed around. ..
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Welsh Politics: Coming of Age

| Auriol Miller

COMMENT When Mark Drakeford went to cast his vote in his Cardiff West constituency on 6th May this year, little could he, or anyone else, have thought that his subsequent re-election as First Minister would be quite so simple..
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Scotland as a Good Global Citizen: Small Time Donor but Growing Soft Power Influencer?

| Jane Salmonson

COMMENT The SNP made some far-reaching commitments to international development in its 2021 manifesto[1]. Fulfilling those commitments, now the SNP is returned to government, will shift the gears on both the scale and the nature of engagement in the international development arena. ..
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After the Brexit Protocol: Northern Ireland Plagued By More Instability

| Mark Devenport

COMMENT The summer of 2021 should have been a time of celebration for Northern Ireland’s unionists marking the centenary of the partition of Ireland, which maintained their British identity by carving out a six county state in the north east of the island…
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Where Next for England, Europe and the Union?

| Glen O'Hara

COMMENT Boris Johnson appears to rule the waves at the moment. His lacklustre initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have been wiped from voters’ minds by the United Kingdom’s relative success on the vaccines front…
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Where Now for Scotland and Europe?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT Big challenges for Scotland’s European relations in the coming years, as the mounting damage from Brexit adds up, and with Scotland part of a third country outside the EU….
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Scotland’s Elections and the Fragmenting UK

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT Where may Scotland’s politics go next and how will the pressures towards the UK’s fragmentation unfold?…
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