Scotland Independence Referendum

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    Citizens in the making? Votes at 16 and lessons for a second independence referendum

Citizens in the making? Votes at 16 and lessons for a second independence referendum

What lessons can we learn from Scotland’s decision to lower the voting age to 16? Malcolm Hill, Andrew Lockyer, George Head, and Craig McDonald draw on a schools-based study examining teacher and pupil opinion about the experience of preparing to vote in the 2014 referendum. They explain how the teaching of politics can prepare students for a second independence […]

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    Why the current UK-Scotland constitutional impasse was far from inevitable

Why the current UK-Scotland constitutional impasse was far from inevitable

Political deadlock between the UK and Scottish governments over Brexit might well have been avoided, if a greater sense of compromise had prevailed, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues that the incomplete embedding of devolution into the UK constitutional framework has exacerbated the Brexit-related tensions which have emerged, as the absence of avenues for resolution of multi-level political disputes lowered […]

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    Hashtags, memes, and trolls: social media as a campaigning battleground for Indyref2

Hashtags, memes, and trolls: social media as a campaigning battleground for Indyref2

Much of the debate during the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum was taking place on social media. Will this be repeated if Indyref2 was to be held in the near future? As the debate for the proposed referendum is starting to shape up, Graeme Baxter, Simon Burnett, Iain MacLeod, Sarah Pedersen and Elizabeth Tait reflect on some of the characteristics […]

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    It is the negation of Scotland’s democratic will, not the EU question as such, that justifies an IndyRef2

It is the negation of Scotland’s democratic will, not the EU question as such, that justifies an IndyRef2

It is often assumed that calls for a second Scottish referendum are due to the fact that Scotland voted to remain in the EU but the UK is nonetheless pursuing a Brexit. Sean Swan argues that EU membership itself is not the issue. It is instead the UK government’s reaction to Scottish opposition and its treatment of Scottish democratic […]

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    Neither full independence, nor perfect union: Constitutionalism as a Third Way for the future of Scotland

Neither full independence, nor perfect union: Constitutionalism as a Third Way for the future of Scotland

With Scotland now to seek a second independence referendum, the debate is framed around two extreme options: independence or union. Stefan Theil writes that a third option is available if both sides are prepared to make concessions. He explains how constitutionalism, paired with a federal settlement, could come to offer a viable long-term solution for Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon made it […]

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    Scottish national identity: why the question of Europe could actually keep the UK together

Scottish national identity: why the question of Europe could actually keep the UK together

Scotland’s continued membership of and access to the EU is at the forefront of a possible second independence referendum. Together with the political and economic arguments that are often debated, the question of national identity is also worth considering, write Charles Pattie and Ron Johnston. They explain why a majority of Scots could reject independence once more.

When the UK […]

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    A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

A weaker economic case, but a stronger political one – how Yes could win a second referendum in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon stated on 13 March that she intends to seek a new referendum on Scottish independence. Stuart Brown assesses how this second referendum campaign might play out. He writes that the Yes side would have a far more problematic economic picture to contend with than they had in 2014, but that the political argument for independence has potentially […]

Second Scottish referendum: is independence now inevitable?

Following Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that she will seek authority for a Scottish referendum, Paul Cairney offers an overview of how the story may develop. With Brexit having drastically changed the independence argument, he explains how this new context could be used to support both those for and against leaving the UK.

We don’t know much about the second referendum on […]

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