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    It is far from clear that Scotland’s transition to EU membership would be ‘smooth and straightforward’

It is far from clear that Scotland’s transition to EU membership would be ‘smooth and straightforward’

One of the main issues in the Scottish independence campaign has been whether Scotland would be able to make a smooth transition to EU membership post-independence and what terms it would be obliged to meet to do so. Jo Murkens writes on the legal framework, noting that it is unlikely that using the EU’s Treaty revision procedure (Article 48 […]

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    While attention is focused on Catalonia, the debate over the Basque Country’s status within Spain remains on hold

While attention is focused on Catalonia, the debate over the Basque Country’s status within Spain remains on hold

In October 2011, the Basque separatist group ETA announced the cessation of its armed activities. Teresa Whitfield writes that while this constituted a notable achievement, a lack of engagement from the Spanish government has prevented any further settlement over the disbanding of ETA. It has also contributed to delaying agreement amongst Basque nationalists on new proposals for the status […]

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    Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Referendums have become increasingly common occurrences in European states in recent decades. Stephen Tierney writes on some of the potential benefits and dangers of using referendums to solve key constitutional questions. He writes that while referendums can undermine democracy if used incorrectly, they generally suffer from problems of practice rather than principle and these problems can be overcome in […]

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    Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states

Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states

Independence movements have gained prominence across Europe in recent decades, most notably in Scotland and Catalonia, but what impact does European integration have on this process? Dawn Brancati writes that integration through the EU has often been argued to raise the likelihood of separatism as it reduces the economic need to remain part of a larger free trade area […]

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    What the independence referendums in Québec suggest about Scotland

What the independence referendums in Québec suggest about Scotland

Québec held independence referendums in 1980 and 1995, with voters opting to remain a part of Canada on both occasions. André Lecours assesses what lessons can be learned from Québec in the context of the referendum on Scottish independence due to be held on 18 September. He writes that while there are some striking similarities between the campaigns, there […]

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    While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

While an independent Scotland would undoubtedly be able to join the EU, the timing and terms of membership remain uncertain

One of the most controversial arguments in the context of Scotland’s referendum on independence is the issue of whether an independent Scotland could make a seamless transition to EU membership and under what terms it would be able to join. Daniel Kenealy writes that while the issue has been the subject of bitter disagreements between the Yes and No […]

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    Five minutes with John Curtice on Scottish independence: “We’ve had over 65 opinion polls now, and of all of those only one has ever put the Yes side ahead”

Five minutes with John Curtice on Scottish independence: “We’ve had over 65 opinion polls now, and of all of those only one has ever put the Yes side ahead”

Polling and public opinion expert John Curtice recently spoke at an LSE event on the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. In an interview with Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin, he discusses the prospect of a ‘Yes’ vote, the demographics at play in the election, and an independent Scotland’s political party make-up. 

Looking at the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, do you feel the Yes camp can win?

The first obvious thing […]

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