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Brexit and Scotland: Centralism, Federalism or Independence

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Professor Andreas Rahmatian

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Brexit and Scotland: Centralism, Federalism or Independence

In this talk certain constitutional aspects of Brexit and the relationship of Scotland to the UK after Brexit are discussed – not as a matter of constitutional law from a British perspective, but from the more unusual viewpoint of a continental European who is a commercial lawyer, theorist of property and private law, and researcher in intellectual history and the law. From this viewpoint the British constitution still appears to be a constitution of the "Ancien Régime", ultimately based on feudal property holding. These constitutional structures are likely to become more alive again when the UK is no longer embedded in a European supranational framework. After Brexit it will be more difficult to reconcile this traditional British constitution with the modern partial federalism or devolution that presently positions Scotland within the UK.

The talk will take place from 5pm, with a drinks reception being held from 6pm.

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