Could coronavirus end the union?

Time:

  • 19/05/2020
    12:45 - 13:45
As the four nations of the United Kingdom take divergent paths to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, questions are being raised about the future of the union.

Is this an example of devolution in action, allowing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to take decisions that best suit their populations or will increasing fragmentation and division strengthen voices for independence?

Instead, could a federal Britain emerge? One which gives stronger voices to individual nations but retains a collective identity in the face of a global emergency?

Join our lunchtime webinar on Tuesday 19th May at 12.45pm as we ask “Could coronavirus end the union?”. The discussion will be chaired by IEA Director-General Mark Littlewood, followed by a Q&A with attendees. Please click here to register.

Our panellists include Andrew Bowie, Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Angus McNeil, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, and Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the IEA and author of ‘Federal Britain: The case for decentralisation’​.

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