What Future Has the European Union after its Sixtieth Anniversary – Back to the Future?

The main challenge facing today’s European Union is to find ways to bring together the diverging interests of its many members, writes Colin Imrie. He argues that, if the EU27 manage to arrive at a common vision combining economic and social priorities, the EU could begin once again to demonstrate its relevance and importance to […]

Reaction: Scotland’s Place in Europe

Today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s proposals on Scotland’s future relationship with the European Union, following the EU referendum in the summer. Our experts react to the paper, assessing what it means for Scotland’s relations with the rest of the UK and Europe and its impact on the Brexit debate. Expert Reaction Scotland’s […]

Soft or Hard Brexit: Do the Political Parties Know What They Want?

The varying stances within and among the UK’s parties on the shape of Brexit makes the parliamentary politics around it unpredictable, writes Kirsty Hughes. She argues that, while parliament may well vote to remain in the EU Customs Union but not in the Single Market, the trend is towards a hard Brexit and indeed the […]

Voice and Partnership: The Bottom Line for Scotland on Brexit?

The difference of the EU referendum vote in Scotland versus the whole UK and the so-far limited inclusion of the Scottish Government in formulating the UK’s Brexit strategy have created genuine political tensions, writes Laura Cram. She argues that the question of Scotland’s constitutional future has always been much more an issue of democratic control […]

Scotland’s Minimum Pricing – Balancing Public Policy and the Single Market

The Court of Session’s ruling on minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland has upheld that the policy is an appropriate and proportionate restriction on the free movement of goods, writes Arianna Andreangeli. Analysing the judgement, she argues that it marks a significant development in reaffirming that, in certain cases, public health objectives can trump Single […]

Scotland in the Single Market, rUK Out – What Would It Take?

If Scotland is to remain in the Single Market while the rest of the UK leaves it, substantial political and technical challenges would need to be overcome, writes Kirsty Hughes. She outlines the key questions facing Scotland’s continued participation in the Single Market and argues that, until the UK’s full post-Brexit relationship with the EU […]

Six Unrealistic Brexit Expectations the UK Government Should Avoid

While the UK’s record on negotiating with the EU has been mixed, it is nevertheless nearing one of the largest and most important diplomatic endeavours in its history with the Brexit negotiations, writes Anthony Salamone. He sets out six strategically unrealistic expectations which the UK should take care not to embrace, in order to ensure […]

Scotland and Brexit – Outlook Worsens as Options Narrow

Both hard Brexit and soft Brexit scenarios each present their own challenges for the UK, writes Kirsty Hughes. She suggests that, for Scotland, it is almost certain that it will exit the EU with the rest of the UK, and that, in the event of independence, the question then becomes whether Scotland would rejoin the EU. […]