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The question of the United Kingdom’s survival, once taken for granted, looms large in British politics. This book uncovers the roots of today’s crisis, revealing MPs’ and civil servants’ assumptions in their understanding of the Union, and profound pessimism within politics about its long-term viability.

Why has the political class struggled to engage productively with devolution? Has English voters’ disenchantment with a detached central government influenced how politicians and bureaucrats regard the UK’s future? How have seismic events fuelled tensions between Westminster and devolved administrations, from the SNP’s election and independence referendum to Brexit and Covid? And what now?

Professor Michael Kenny (Professor of Public Policy, and inaugural Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge) will introduce his main arguments, with discussion from a high-profile panel. A drinks reception will follow.

The talk is taking place in Bush House Leture Theatre 2, (S)4.04.

Event details

Lecture Theatre 2, (S)4.04
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG