Negotiating Brexit: Power dynamics in British intergovernmental relations

Nicola McEwen

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This article examines the power and influence of the Scottish and Welsh governments in shaping UK Brexit policy during the first phase of Brexit, from the EU referendum to the Withdrawal Agreement. It analyses their limited recourse to constitutional authority, and their exploitation of procedural and soft power, in their efforts to make UK Brexit policy reflect devolved government interests. It draws a distinction between the external and internal dimensions of Brexit, noting the inability of the devolved governments to gain any influence in shaping the former despite increased procedural opportunities. By contrast, both constitutional and, especially, non-constitutional power shaped intergovernmental dynamics with respect to the domestic Brexit process, helping the devolved governments to secure concessions regarding the impact of UK Brexit legislation on devolution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Early online date3 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Apr 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Brexit
  • devolution
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • power


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