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A changing UK in a changing Europe: the UK state between European Union and devolution

Minto, Rachel, Hunt, Joanne, Keating, Michael and Mcgowan, Lee 2016. A changing UK in a changing Europe: the UK state between European Union and devolution. Political Quarterly 87 (2) , pp. 179-186. 10.1111/1467-923X.12260

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Abstract

Two issues currently dominate the UK's constitutional landscape: the UK's membership of the European Union (EU) on the one hand; and the unsettled constitutional settlements between the UK and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the other. This article considers these two issues in concert. It stresses the distinct relationships between the EU and the devolved territories within the UK—concerning both devolved and non‐devolved policy areas—highlighting the salience of a devolved perspective in any consideration of UK–EU relations. Despite its importance, sensitivity to this has been lacking. The article explores the implications of a ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ outcome on the future of the internal territorial dynamics within the UK. While there are too many unknowns to be certain of anything, that there will be knock‐on effects is, however, beyond doubt.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3179
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 July 2016
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 08:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/92263

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