Brexit and Scotland: Centralism, Federalism or Independence?
European Review, Vol. 26, No. 4, 616–647, 2018
35 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2018
Date Written: April 30, 2018
The public debate about the consequences of Brexit in Britain follows certain predictable lines of established academic concepts in British constitutional law. This arguably overlooks the important constitutional complications of Brexit, including the position of Scotland in post-Brexit Britain. This article takes the unorthodox approach of focusing on legal and intellectual history rather than British constitutional law, because in this way one obtains a better understanding of the present British constitutional framework in the context of Europe. The discussion is from a continental European viewpoint and through the eyes of a private and commercial lawyer. The completely different understanding of Britain and Europe about the nature of a constitution and the structure of a state becomes more apparent with Britain’s departure from the EU, which may also influence the future national cohesion of the UK itself, particularly the relationship between England and Scotland after Brexit.
Keywords: Brexit, British Constitution, Property Law, Legal Theory, Scotland
JEL Classification: K10, K11, K19, K40
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