Scotland Independence Referendum

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    Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Up until the 2015 UK general election, Scotland had been regarded as a Labour stronghold, with the country regularly returning a large number of Labour MPs to Westminster. But the party managed to secure only a single Scottish seat in 2015 and recent polls suggest its vote share could fall even further in the upcoming general election in June. […]

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    The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

What are the security considerations to keep in mind when debating for or against Scottish independence? Although independence is unlikely to pose an existential threat to Scotland, there are still important issues to consider – despite being given little attention in public debates. Andrew Neal draws on the book ‘Security in a Small Nation’ (free to download) to outline […]

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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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