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



“The increasingly dominant view within Tory unionism is that devolution has backfired, and its institutions have only provided a vehicle for the Union’s enemies. Why not engineer a conflict through which devolution might be undercut?”

Sean Bell: Power grabs and the future of devolution


Suddenly everyone’s talking about Brexit and ‘power-grabs’ again. It’s 25 months yesterday since SNP MPs staged a walk-out from the House of Commons over the “power-grab” of the EU Withdrawal Bill, and now it’s back. If you thought we were done with all that, think again.  What are we actually talking about here? As part […]

What’s Gove up to?


“Scotland has effectively reached the end of its ‘devolution journey’. Once Scotland was promised that it would have ‘the most powerful devolved government in the world’ but it seems that the limits of that high tide has been reached and those powers are now retreating by the day.”

Craig Dalzell: Westminster power grabs and the high tide of devolution


The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how many people have fallen through the gaps of the current UK social security system. The Scottish Government commissioned a report on the feasibility of running a pilot scheme for a Citizens’ Basic Income in Scotland – at a time when such a scheme is needed more than ever. But the power to implement even a pilot for CBI rests with the UK government.

Report calls for UBI to be piloted in Scotland


 Boris Johnson only speaks for England. But for many people across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, that will not be clear today. Because the Prime Minister did not actually explain in his televised address last night that the partial end of the lockdown he was announcing was not for the whole of the UK. Johnson […]

The UK state is a health risk