Bob Gillespie, Global Justice Now activist in Glasgow, finds that the UK is looking increasingly isolated in the world, which makes a bad trade deal with the United States even more likely. The increasing likelihood of a “No Deal” Brexit will mean that the UK has only a deal with Japan to show off in […]

Bob Gillespie: There’s many reasons to worry about a UK-US trade deal


What should the UK Government’s strategy be to stop Scottish independence? One would think this is the sort of thing Tory politicians and their staffers think about themselves. But no, in these days of neoliberal governance, Ministers seem happier to outsource all of their thinking to ridiculously expensive private consultancies.  Bloomberg has now reported on a leaked 21-page memo […]

Preparing for a “velvet No”



Where are we on the UK-EU trade deal, the latest saga in a long line of Brexit sagas stretching back to 24 June 2016, the day after the Leave vote (which feels like ancient history by now)? EU leaders met in Brussels yesterday for a two-day summit, and apparently got the Brexit business out the […]

Deal or No Deal?


“When 75 percent of the nation would vote for independence with ‘the right economic case’, when is the Scottish Government finally going to publish one?”

Ellen Höfer: The blank White Paper


As the UK’s Internal Market Bill officially passed the House of Commons last night, some hours later we got a glimpse of those vying to be United States President, in the first TV debate between US President Donald Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden. What connects these two events specifically is a post Brexit UK-US […]

“The special relationship” after the US election


There is a constitutional curiosity in the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill which professor Michael Keatings, Centre for Constitutional Change director, has identified, and is worth reflecting on. Until now the UK Government operated a system of powers which was fundamentally different from that of the EU. Some powers are reserved and some are devolved, but […]

Britain’s new unitary state



Brexit’s back. Of course, it never went away. But for three years it dominated UK political debate, before the decisive December 2019 General Election finally set Britain on a definitive course for leaving. The pandemic then knocked it out of the headlines. We are three-quarters of the way through a transition year until the UK […]

The stakes are raised in Brexit poker


“A Democrat administration would be more hostile to Brexit, and more willing to work with Brussels to squeeze the UK in Brexit negotiations. This could create and avenue for opposition forces in the UK, above all Starmer’s Labour and the SNP.”

What does Joe Biden’s nomination mean for Scotland?