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    (Mis)understanding the public? An independent Scotland and the EU

(Mis)understanding the public? An independent Scotland and the EU

Scotland’s debate on its constitutional future has frequently focused on its future role within the EU. Jan Eichhorn and Daniel Kenealy argue that, despite uncertainty about the precise terms of an independent Scotland’s EU membership, the issue is not one that divides ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ voters. Furthermore, they show that in recent years there has been a marked rise in […]

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It remains open whether the September 2014 referendum will prove ‘historic’ in any meaningful way for most Scots

The referendum on Scottish independence is due to be held in Septtember, however there is still speculation about the way the yes and no campaigns will evolve in the final months. In this article, James Mitchell argues that the extent to which the debate widens beyond the narrow terms it currently inhabits will affect levels of public engagement and ultimately […]

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    Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Independence campaigners in both Scotland and Catalonia have advocated retaining their EU membership post-independence. Merijn Chamon and Guillaume Van der Loo assess the legal basis on which subnational entities could maintain EU membership after declaring independence. They write that while the EU treaties make no explicit reference to this situation, it would be difficult for a seamless transition to take […]

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