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13:00 - 14:00 22 October 2014
The day after judgement: Scotland and the UK after the referendum
Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 |
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom
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Jim Gallagher, Gwilym Gibbon fellow, Nuffield College
Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University
In the Day After Judgement, Jim Gallagher, sets out his views about what should happen now that the Scottish people have voted No.
Jim Gallagher argues it would be a serious error if either Scotland or the UK were to conclude things could revert to business as usual. Things have changed, and changed for the better in that the status of the UK as a union has been democratically confirmed. Agreement on the full detail of devolution plans is needed across the parties and then legislation. The more complex task will be to take the opportunity of reconstituting the union, building the UK’s territorial constitution. This needs both updating and restating; to reflect not just the place of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but the reality that England has a constitutional existence also, to be expressed in parliamentary procedures to deal with English legislation. All of this needs to be drawn together, codified and managed for the long run.
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