FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910021118
RRP: £7.99
PAGES: 108


Britain Rebooted: Scotland in a Federal Union

By (author) David Torrance

Great Britain, (abbreviation: UK) England, Wales and Scotland considered as a unit. The name is also often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom.reboot, ri-bu:t , verb to restart or revive… give fresh impetus to…federal, fed ar-al, adj. having or relating to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs.Would federalism work in the UK?Wouldn’t England dominate a British federation?How would powers be distributed between federal and home Nation level?What about the House of Lords?In the run up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence there has been a plethora of tracts, articles and books arguing for and against, but there remains a gap in the literature: the case for Scotland becoming part of a `rebooted’ federal Union. It is an old, usually Liberal, dream, but one still worth fighting for.It is often assumed that federalism is somehow `alien’ to the Scottish and British constitutional tradition but in this short book journalist David Torrance argues that not only has the UK already become a quasi-federal state but that formal federation is the best way of squaring the competing demands of Nationalists and Unionists.He also uses Scotland’s place within a federal UK to examine other potential reforms with a view to tackling ever-increasing inequality across the British Isles and create a more equal, successful and constitutionally coherent country.

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