- Brexit negotiations—the devolution dimension
Public Law analysis: The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has shone a light on the fact that the UK’s four constituent parts are governed differently. The variations in policy responses, especially as the lockdown is eased, illustrate the authority of each to chart its own course in the policy areas for which they are responsible. By contrast, in Brexit negotiations, the starkly divergent priorities of the four territories have been overshadowed by the UK government’s monopoly of the negotiation process. The devolved governments have struggled to get their voices heard. Professor Nicola McEwen, senior fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe, and co-director of the Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh puts forward a constitutional explanation for the contrast.
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