Monthly Archives: November 2013

After a Yes Vote

James Mitchell reflects on what might happen following a yes vote, arguing that governments are likely to find ‘pragmatic solutions to difficult problems’. Whatever happens next September, Scotland will continue to share this island with the rest of the rest … Continue reading

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‘A Lasting Settlement’

Cera Murtagh reports from a major speech by First Minister of Wales the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, hosted by the Academy of Government, on the implications of the Scottish independence referendum for Scotland, Wales and the UK as a … Continue reading

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Scottish Government Plans on Immigration: Are they Feasible?

Christina Boswell, Edinburgh Professor of Politics and leading authority on the politics of migration, assesses the Independence White Paper’s prospectus for asylum and immigration. She argues that public opinion, and cross-border pressures from rUK and the EU may constrain the … Continue reading

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Not the DVLA question. Cross-Border Governance after Independence

Dr Nicola McEwen, ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow and Director of Public Policy, Edinburgh Academy of Government, assesses the White Paper’s prospectus for shared cross-border arrangements after independence. It used to be called the DVLA question. A vision of Scottish independence … Continue reading

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Business competitiveness and constitutional uncertainty: Towards a mature debate

Professor Brad MacKay and Veselina Stoyanova address the means by which businesses are attempting to navigate the debate on Scottish independence. Approximately 300 days remain until the morning of the 18th of September, 2014, when Scots will decide on their … Continue reading

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Event: First Minister of Wales at Edinburgh University

The First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, will give a lecture on ‘Wales, Scotland and the United Kingdom’ at 6.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 20 November in the Raeburn Room. You can register to attend at

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Upcoming Events: Fiscal Implications of Independence and Exploring Independence

Upcoming events which may be of interest for blog readers The Fiscal Implications of an Independent Scotland Institute for Fiscal Studies Edinburgh, UK 18 November 2013 If you would like to book a place for this event, please contact the … Continue reading

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Scotland wouldn’t be out of security loop

The Home Secretary is disingenuous to claim that an independent Scotland would be left out of the loop on our island’s security, writes Dr Andrew Neal in the 12 November 2013 edition of The Scotsman. Theresa May’s Scotland Analysis: Security paper, … Continue reading

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Event: Welfare in a New Scotland

A 5 Million Questions event will seek to examine the issue of what will, and should, become of welfare provision in Scotland in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote in the independence referendum in autumn 2014. And, just as importantly, … Continue reading

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Independence in Europe

Luis Moreno addresses the impact that Scotland’s Referendum could have on European political culture.  Following the anti-climax of the 1979 Referendum results, the nationalist camp viewed Scotland’s political future inexorably linked to the formation of a fully-fledged sovereign state. “Independence, … Continue reading

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