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The Law & Politics of Brexit: Volume IIThe Withdrawal Agreement$
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Federico Fabbrini

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198848356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198848356.001.0001

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The Future of the United Kingdom after Brexit

The Future of the United Kingdom after Brexit

(p.235) 11 The Future of the United Kingdom after Brexit
The Law & Politics of Brexit: Volume II

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates how Brexit and the withdrawal negotiations impacted the UK system of devolved governance. The focus is on devolution because the voices of the three devolved nations — Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — have been too much ignored in Brexit manoeuvres, especially given Scotland and Northern Ireland voted in the Referendum to remain in the EU. The chapter then details the key points of the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 (EUWA) and EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020 (WAA), and looks at how Brexit will impact devolution. It also discusses the status of the UK’s existing territorial constitution. Finally, the chapter describes a possible federal future for the UK, and considers scenarios of regional independence.

Keywords:   Brexit, UK, devolved governance, devolution, EU, EU Withdrawal Act 2018, EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020, territorial constitution, federalism

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