Is Italy the latest domino to fall?

  Sunday was a rollercoaster for those interested in EU politics; one moment you are rejoicing the victory of a green liberal over nationalist extreme-right in Austria, the next you’re down in the dumps over the crushing defeat of centre-left politics by populism in Italy, thinking “another one bites the dust”. But is that really …

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Will 2019 be the next year of political crisis?

  Prerogative power just took a big hit. Right now, everyone is looking at the Article 50 issue, quite rightly.  But before addressing that, it’s worth pointing out that the executive in Britain uses prerogative powers widely.  A minority of geeky MPs have long complained about it, saying it undermines Parliamentary sovereignty.  They got nowhere: …

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Has the High Court ruling put a snap election back on the table?

  Today, the High Court has delivered the landmark ruling on the legal challenge to Article 50, and the Government has lost.   This is of great significance both constitutionally and politically, and could have wide-reaching ramifications for the timing of the UK’s exit from the EU. Despite arguments by the Government that the making and …

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SNP Conference Preview: What next for Sturgeon on indyref2?

  The 2015 General Election at which the SNP won a near clean-sweep of Scottish seats at Westminster had major ramifications not only for the balance of power in the House of Commons – it also significantly altered the long-established routine of the autumn party conference season. For so long an afterthought in the minds …

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