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Scotland after Brexit
SUCCESSFUL BPS SEMINAR WITH SCOTLAND’S MINISTER FOR EUROPE
What future awaits Scotland in Europe, as Britain prepares to leave the EU? This was the chief question on the agenda, as the British Politics Society on 16 February invited its members and friends to a timely seminar with Scotland’s Minister for Europe, Dr Alasdair Allan. Dr Allan has been an MSP for the Scottish National Party since 2007, representing the constituency of the Western Isles.
The event was held against the backdrop of the British government’s newly published White Paper, which presents the UK’s overall strategy for its exit from and future partnership with the EU. In his talk, Dr Allan reflected on Scotland’s relationship with Norway and the EU historically as well as Scottish responses to the referendum result last year. He also outlined possible scenarios for Scottland's future relationship with the EU, highlighting proposals in the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ paper.
Much to the audience's delight, Dr Allan delivered the opening part of his speech in fluent Norwegian.
The seminar took place at the Social Sceince faculty (Eilert Sundt's hus) at the University of Oslo, Blindern. It was opened by BPS board member Řivind Bratberg. Board member Kristin Haugevik led the subsequent Q & A session.
Dr Allan and BPS member John Todd were also guests in NRK Urix the same evening, the clip can be watched here.
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The issue of immigration has gained a very prominent position in British political debate in recent years, and most notably so in connection with the EU referendum in June this year.
In this context, the discussion focused mainly on work migration from other EU countries to the UK. However, it also addressed anxieties about non-European migration, notably with reference to the refugee crisis and the prospect of Turkish EU membership.
In the opening article of British Politics Review 4-16, Lord Hain reflects upon the Syrian tragedy, and on why the refugee crisis unfolded the way it did. Cathrine Thorleifsson looks at the role immigration has played in UKIP's rise, whereas Henry Allen addresses the key free movement of persons-principle, and how that might fare in the process of dismembering Britain from the EU. John Todd explores the anti-immigration narratives presented during the referendum campaign.
Asher Boersma looks at the Channel Tunnel, and the now two-decades-old challenge of immigrants desperately trying to make their way to Britain through the tunnel. Finally, Gavin Schaffer reminds us that while immigration to the UK is by no means a new phenomenon. Indeed, attempts to restrict immigration - combined with attempts to quell domestic racism – was a dominant feature of British immigration policies in the post-war period.
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Join BPS in 2017!
Membership in the British Politics Society is open to everyone with an interest in British politics, culture, and society.
BPS membership for one year costs NOK 200,- and gives the following benefits:
Established in June 2006, the overall objective of the BPS is to raise the general interest and knowledge about Britain and British politics in Norway and to maintain a scholarly network for people with an interest in such matters.
The current board consists of four people, all based in the academic community in Oslo.
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Although often confused for the UK as a whole, England - as a country and nation - is also much forgotten. The English voted to leave the EU (54%), in stark opposition to the Scots (38%). At the same time, there are calls for an England-only Parliament, or vetoes on MPs from the Nations, in order to answer the so-called 'West Lothian Question'.
Thus, while there are tensions both between England and Brussels and England and the other nations of the UK, there are also tensions within England. The North-South divide remains important, economically and and politically, with politicians talking about the new Northern Powerhouse at the same time as London continues to be seen by many as exceptional and different. The English have felt the ire of the other nations for centuries, having held the main seat of power and making up the majority of the population of the British Isles. What issues face the English now, in a time of significant political change?
The winter edition of BPR is due to arrive in February 2017. Please contact us if you wish to contribute!
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