The House of Lords European Union Committee has today published a report looking at the technically complex and politically contentious impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolution settlements and to the fundamental constitutional challenges presented to the United Kingdom as a whole.
“the devolution settlements are built upon UK membership of the EU.
Brexit will remove one of the foundations of the devolution settlements, with potentially destabilising consequences”. (Para. 2)
The report considers whether Scotland could have different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas; the need to protect the Welsh agricultural and manufacturing sector and the distinctive geographical and political issues that Brexit presents to Northern Ireland.
The team also includes researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork and Stirling.
“This country is undertaking a real-time experiment in constitutional change and a game without fixed rules or a referee. The project will monitor these claims and decisions, seek to explain them and assess their significance”.
Read more about this project in the University’s press release here.