Issues & Ideas


Policy Scotland welcomes senior German MEP

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 – who is Chair of […]

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Anton Muscatelli lecture – Brexit and the future of the Scottish and UK economy

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. The lecture by Professor Muscatelli […]

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Foreign and security policy consequences of Brexit – a view from Central Europe

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 Department for Common Foreign and […]

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Scotland’s local elections – what to look out for

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 new generation of elected councillors […]

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Senior German MEP David McAllister to give Brexit lecture

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, and is currently Vice President […]

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Policy Scotland Annual Lecture: Lord Kerr, Can the Brexit Train Crash be Avoided?

Former EU Ambassador Lord Kerr gave the 2017 Policy Scotland Annual Lecture – Brexit: Is the Train Crash Avoidable   A transcript will follow shortly.

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2017 Annual Lecture roundup

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 a fascinating talk focusing on what […]

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New Year, New Ambassador, Same Dilemmas

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 the UK’s EU Ambassador – […]

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A Brexit Pathway for Scotland?

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 reference was made to independence […]

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Brexit and environmental law

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 environmental law in Scotland. The […]

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Brexit: Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?

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 Union. Lord Kerr – who […]

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The economic and social necessity of freedom of movement

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 to weigh regulations, tariffs or […]

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The path to Brexit is still uncharted

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 UK government wants to […]

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Event 7 November – Policy Scotland Lecture Series

Brexit and Freedom of Movement: A Continental Perspective on the Post-Industrial Society Professor Josef Konvitz Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 13:00-14:00 Location: Yudowitz Room, Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow In the second in the Brexit lecture series from Policy Scotland Josef Konvitz address freedom of movement and asks if the UK is prepared […]

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Gimme (a ‘standard’) Shelter

Ken Gibb is the Director of Policy Scotland & a Professor in Housing Economics at the University of Glasgow.  Showing their undoubted media abilities, Shelter today launched a new study describing a model of a living home standard (LHS). The standard is based on 39 attributes of essential and more ‘tradable’ attributes of five dimensions of […]

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A quick fix for the UK’s Brexit dilemmas

The Prime Minister has announced that Article 50 will be invoked by March 2017. What Brexit will mean is still unclear. Statements by the Government suggest we are heading for a “hard” Brexit. But we have also been repeatedly told that we are seeking a different model to those already in existence: a bespoke UK […]

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Professor Jim Gallagher – The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland.

Kicking off a series of events on Brexit hosted by Policy Scotland, Professor Jim Gallagher today gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow on “The Brexit Paradox: How the wrong choice for Britain offers the right opportunity for Scotland”. Addressing an audience of prominent academics, journalists and experts from a range of fields, Professor […]

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EU Membership and Scotland’s Long Term Growth

Professor Anton Muscatelli is Principal of the University of Glasgow and chair of the Scottish Government Standing Council on the EU. He is writing in a personal capacity  However, we know that institutions also matter crucially in determining the path of the economy. Government decisions can also lead to significant changes over time. For instance […]

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Brexit: Balancing Scotland, the UK and the EU

Originally posted on Ken Gibb’s personal blog on July 26 2016. Yesterday morning I went along to the IPPR-hosted Brexit event featuring a keynote speech from the First Minister. More on that later. First, and to set the scene, it is worth thinking a bit about the options to be negotiated. The Institute of Government […]

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Brexit and Public Policy Capacity

Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland and Des McNulty, Deputy Director of Policy Scotland In the shock and uncertainty following Thursday’s vote, the focus has primarily been on the constitutional, social and economic questions that flow from disengaging with the EU and on the political fallout. Important as these questions undoubtedly are, there is an […]

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