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Public Policy Research Seminar: ‘What’s Wrong with the British Constitution? Implications of the Scottish and EU Referendum Votes’

Part of the Public Policy Research Seminar Series
When Jan 21, 2016
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Room 119, Alison Richard Building
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Since the UK has no codified constitution, nothing can be unconstitutional. This has advantages and disadvantages. Flexibility is an advantage. Two disadvantages are lack of rights protection and lack of longstops to prevent unintended consequences. Nobody intended to produce a UK minus Scotland outside the EU and an independent Scotland inside it; but that is a possible scenario for the period 2016-20.


Iain McLean FBA FRSE is Senior Research Fellow in Politics

Director, Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy

Professor of Politics, Oxford University

Vice-President for Public Policy, British Academy

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