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Coronavirus reveals the unsustainability of the Government’s devolution dualism

By Ioan Phillips, Analyst at GK If Boris Johnson’s name is linked to any political idea, then it is ‘cakeism’ – the belief that it is possible to govern without making trade-offs. On devolution, the PM’s cake is in danger of toppling over. Coronavirus has stalled government plans to devolve more powers to English regions while highlighting the limitations of centralisation – especially in healthcare delivery. Health...

Brexit makes understanding devolution in England more important than ever

Most discourse on Brexit and the future of the UK looks at how it could impact Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. England is often overlooked in such analyses. Yet the UK's departure from the EU will have significant fiscal, policy, and political impacts for the largest, most populous UK nation. Devolution in England has been sporadic, to say the least. A total of 12 deals were agreed between government and regional authorities between 2014 and 2017 – but no further agreements have...