Unions and citizens: Membership status and political rights in Scotland, the UK and the EU

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This chapter – in a volume analysing aspects of the putative withdrawal of a Member State from the European Union and/or the secession of a ‘region’ from a (Member) state – makes use of the lenses of citizenship to explore the interaction between the two dimensions of ‘troubled membership’. It applies a law-and-politics approach, which locates legal change in its broader political context and focuses on the contestation of the boundaries of polity membership. After setting the scene (Section 2), the chapter explores the content of a possible future Scottish citizenship regime (Section 3) and then examines the intertwining of formal legal membership and political citizenship in respect of both the Scottish referendum and the UK’s referendum on EU membership (Section 4). The threads are drawn together in the conclusions (Section 5) through a discussion of how the EU referendum outcomes may impact upon the issue at the heart of the Scottish referendum debate, namely the ongoing viability of the UK as a union state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecession from a Member State and Withdrawal from the European Union
Subtitle of host publicationTroubled Membership
EditorsCarlos Closa
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781316771464
ISBN (Print)9781107172197, 9781316623367
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • citizenship
  • Scotland
  • European Union
  • political rights
  • migration
  • constitutionalism
  • referendums
  • United Kingdom


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