Annual Harry Street Lecture: New Union: New Constitution?
|20 April 2015
|17:30 - 19:30
|What is it:
|School of Law
|Who is it for:
|University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public
|Professor Adam Tomkins
The United Kingdom’s territorial constitution has changed beyond recognition since 1997. Yet the pace of reform continues to accelerate, not least as the Union state struggles to respond to the traumas of last year’s Scottish independence referendum. Enhanced devolution has been promised for Scotland whilst, at the same time, the Wales Act 2014, the Silk Commission and the Stormont House Agreement signal further devolution also for Wales and Northern Ireland. What of England? Is “English votes for English laws” a partisan slogan or a constitutional policy? Are the new City Deals an indication that decentralisation is finally coming to England? Is the “northern powerhouse” only about economic development, or should it also be seen as a constitutional project – as the beginnings of England’s answer to devolution? Finally, what of the centre? What is the glue that holds the Union together? Does it still stick, or has the time come when the only way of saving the Union is to transform it: is the United Kingdom heading for federalism?
Professor Adam Tomkins
Role: John Millar Professor of Public Law
Organisation: University of Glasgow
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Lecture Theatre B