Which Union, Which Exit? Scotland’s National and Supra-National Dilemmas

Date(s) - 08/03/2017
17:30 - 19:00

CLM 4.02 (Clement House), LSE

Union Jack and the Saltire flags above building

For our first seminar of 2017 Dr Michael Rosie will discuss ‘Which Union, Which Exit? Scotland’s National and Supra-National Dilemmas’.

The last half dozen years have been tumultuous in Scotland’s constitutional politics. Whilst the governing Scottish National Party (SNP) and its allies were unable to deliver a vote for independence in the 2014 Referendum, the result was closer than most expected. Further, in the aftermath of defeat it was the pro-Yes parties, and the SNP in particular, who saw a remarkable and sustained boom in membership and in electoral success. At the same time a majority of Scotland’s electorate by contrast to most parts of England and Wales – voted to Remain in the European Union in the 2016 Referendum.

This seminar will explore the National and Supra-National dilemmas now facing Scotland. The very real prospect of a British exit from the European Union has transformed many of the arguments around Scottish independence aired in 2014. Likewise, Supreme Court judgements around Brexit serve to undermine arguments and claims about the permanence of powers devolved and reveal (again) the Constitutional primacy of Westminster.

Into this complex mix come very political questions. Since staying in both unions does not appear to be an option, then which union (European or British) is most valued by Scots? Might Brexit Taking Back Control prove the gravedigger of the British State? What risks are there in the SNPs pro-European stance given that a million Scots, including many erstwhile pro-Independence voters, voted to Leave? And what role, if any, does national belonging feeling Scottish and/or British have in how these complicated issues develop?

This event will take place at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 8 March in CLM 4.02 (Clement House), London School of Economics. A map of the venue can be found here.

This is a free public event. However, we ask that you confirm your attendance by emailing the Seminar Series Chair, Iro Konstantinou, at seminars@asen.ac.uk.