The UK currently has dedicated European affairs committees in both houses of Parliament, despite the EU’s permeation into most areas of Government policy. Julie Smith, based on evidence from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the House of Lords, argues that the UK should follow the Dutch example, and share the European portfolio across all committees rather than merging it into […]
To what extent has there been a shift in attitudes toward asylum seekers in the UK during the refugee crisis? Bridget Anderson writes that in the wave of support for welcoming refugees there has been a surprising silence about the situation of asylum seekers already in the UK. She argues that if we are to avoid a competition between […]
The UK government is in the process of devolving new powers to Scotland, while devolution has also been proposed for some cities in England. Alan Trench writes that the piecemeal and ad-hoc approach to devolution that has been pursued in the UK is creating serious constitutional difficulties. Outlining the recommendations of a new report on the country’s constitutional framework, […]
Immigration will be one of the defining issues of the 2015 UK general election. Marley Morris writes that despite Labour, the Conservatives, and the Lib Dems all setting out plans on EU immigration and the access of EU citizens to benefits, it will be exceptionally difficult for any future government to meaningfully reform the rules on freedom of movement.
Since 1999 and the devolution of power to different regions, it has been important for the four UK administrations to work together and coordinate policies. As Robyn Munro and Akash Paun write, the main political forum for this is the Joint Ministerial Committee. Based on recent research, they set out some of the issues with the JMC and suggest […]
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to renegotiate the way EU free movement rules are applied in the UK. Brad Blitz writes that the recent shift in tone from Cameron and other British politicians is not only at odds with previous policies, it reflects a clear misreading of EU provisions regarding the free movement of people. […]