By Alex Benchimol and Philip Schlesinger Two University of Glasgow staff, Dr Alex Benchimol and Professor Philip Schlesinger, recently ran a pair of Royal Society of Edinburgh funded workshops on the press, civil society and constitutional identity in Scotland. Here, they reflect on how real world-politics and academic analysis may […]

First Minister’s referendum call rivets Scottish constitution workshop


In a joint event between Policy Scotland and the Stevenson Trust, the Principal of the University of Glasgow Professor Anton Muscatelli gave a major speech on the economic consequences of Brexit last night – which set out the “stark, catastrophic and unavoidable” economic reality of a ‘Cliff-Edge Brexit’, urged the […]

Principal warns of Brexit cliff-edge


Policy Scotland last week welcomed senior German MEP David McAllister to the University of Glasgow – who gave an insider’s view on how the Brexit process is being viewed in both Brussels and Berlin and offered insight into how the European institutions would approach the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Mr McAllister […]

Policy Scotland welcomes senior German MEP



In a joint event between Policy Scotland and the Stevenson Trust, the Principal of the University of Glasgow Professor Anton Muscatelli will give his view on the consequences of Brexit on the future of the Scottish and UK economy at 6pm on Tuesday 21st March in the Sir Charles Wilson building. […]

Anton Muscatelli lecture – Brexit and the future of the ...


In the latest in a series of expert events on Brexit, Policy Scotland and the department for Central and European Studies are delighted to welcome Dr. Károly Grúber to the University of Glasgow for a seminar on the possible foreign and security policy consequences of Brexit. Dr Grúber is Head of […]

Foreign and security policy consequences of Brexit – a view ...


By Professor Kenneth Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland The upcoming Scottish local government elections are likely to lead to change, not just in the political make-up of councils but also because so many experienced Councillors in leadership positions are standing down. Budgets will be tighter than ever before, and a […]

Scotland’s local elections – what to look out for



In the latest in Policy Scotland’s series of lectures on Brexit, the University of Glasgow is delighted to be hosting senior Scots-German MEP David McAllister to give an address, “Brexit: Where does the UK and Europe go from here?” Mr McAllister has previously served as Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, […]

Senior German MEP David McAllister to give Brexit lecture



We were delighted to welcome Lord Kerr for our 2017 Annual Lecture last week – with almost 300 people packed into the Sir Charles Wilson lecture theatre to hear the former EU Ambassador give speak on “Brexit:  Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?”. After being welcomed by the Principal, Lord Kerr gave […]

2017 Annual Lecture roundup



While we may have entered a new year, with the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers 2017 in UK politics has begun much the same way 2016 ended – dominated by Brexit and characterised by uncertainty over the UK Government’s position on the impending negotiations with the EU. The resignation of […]

New Year, New Ambassador, Same Dilemmas


The First Minister has set out proposals intended to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe in the aftermath of Brexit – the first detailed plan published by any administration in the UK since June’s referendum. Making clear that the proposals represent a compromise on behalf of the Scottish Government as no […]

A Brexit Pathway for Scotland?


Post by Maria Fletcher, Director of SULNE and Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow School of Law This week, the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE) published our latest position paper in the aftermath of the Leave vote in June – this time focussing on the implications of Brexit on […]

Brexit and environmental law



Unsurprisingly, Brexit has dominated the news again this week as the legal challenge in the Supreme Court proceedings was heard, with the claimants arguing that a failure to consult Parliament on the triggering of Article 50 would see the 1972 European Communities Act – which prepared the way for the […]

News digest: Inequality, Brexit and dangerous dogs


By Professor Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland  The clue is in the name – Policy Scotland naturally aspires to bring academics and policymakers, including legislators and ministers together. We want to know what they are interested in and we also want to let them know about important and high […]

Working with Holyrood


Policy Scotland’s series of events on Brexit will continue in the New Year, with the 2017 Annual Lecture to be delivered by Lord John Kerr – the former UK ambassador to the EU and the USA – who drafted Article 50, which sets out the procedure for leaving the European […]

Brexit: Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?



The Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor has been the main focus of UK politics this week – drawing ire from opposition parties as revealing a “Brexit bombshell” of slower economic growth, higher borrowing and higher debt – but with a series of interesting announcements impacting on Scotland.   Claiming to be […]

November 25 News Digest


FREEDOM of movement is one of four freedoms of the single market (with goods, services and capital) that the UK did so much to promote a generation ago. The Government appears determined to bargain some freedom of movement for some access to the single market. There is, however, no calculus […]

The economic and social necessity of freedom of movement


By Professor Anton Muscatelli, writing ahead of an expert panel discussion on Brexit on Friday 18th November, hosted by Policy Scotland in association with the Conversation Nearly six months after the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the path to Brexit is still uncharted. All we know is that because […]

The path to Brexit is still uncharted



By Dr Margaret Craig, GP in Possilpark and Springburn, Glasgow – consulted by scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, during the development of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Critics of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the latest film of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, have attempted to dismiss it as unrealistic.  If only it were. Let me […]

I, Daniel Blake ‘an accurate representation of austerity Britain’


  Text of a lecture given by Josef Konvitz at University of Glasgow as part of the Policy Scotland Lecture Series 2016-17 on November 7th 2016. There are many paradoxes about BREXIT. The advocates of BREXIT attacked the EU and especially the Eurozone for failure to remedy the causes of […]

After the Event: Josef Konvitz – Brexit and Freedom of ...