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17:30 - 19:00 16 October 2014
After the Scottish referendum: what about England?
AV Hill LT 131 |
Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
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Meg Russell, Professor, UCL
Tony Wright, Professor, UCL
On 18 September Scottish citizens voted "no" to the prospect of independence. But far from shutting down debate on territorial governance in the UK, this put different questions on the political agenda. The morning after the vote Prime Minister David Cameron explicitly linked the additional devolved powers promised to Scotland during the campaign to the need to resolve the "West Lothian question" (that is, concerns by some that Scottish MPs at Westminster should no longer vote on "English" matters). This is one of a set of "English questions" on which there are diverse views, and significant tensions between the parties. Various suggestions have been made for changing the governance of England: federalism, regional government, strengthened local government, an English Parliament or a procedural fix of "English vote on English laws" at Westminster. What are the pros and cons of these different options, and which is likely to be chosen?
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