Britain's Devolutionary Road Map! | 9.1.18

Britain’s Devolutionary Road Map! | 9.1.18

“Britain’s Devolutionary Road Map! A UK wide perspective

Kevin Hague, businessman and Chair of the think tank These Islands

To open up the new year for 2018 Gorwel’s first talk on 9thth January the topic concerned “Britain’s Devolutionary Road Map! A UK wide perspective”. It was by Kevin Hague, businessman and Chair of These Islands.

Kevin noted that modern Britain has been one of the most stable countries in the world. For the past 300 years, the union between England and Scotland – founded in turn upon the much older union between England and Wales – has held fast. Recently, though, the future of the United Kingdom has become a topic of increasingly convulsive debate. Two referendums have served as lightning rods for existential questions about the country’s identity. The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence put the very survival of the United Kingdom at stake; last year’s Brexit referendum has left the question of how its constituent nations should relate to one another very much up for grabs. These are now unsettling times – but also exciting ones in determining likely futures for Britain’s devolutionary development. In his talk Kevin examined possible future fiscal changes for financing devolution including the future of the Barnet formula. He also explored the fiscal gap between monies generated and monies spent in each nation state of the UK, with some considerable differences to the standard orthodoxy on this area.

Kevin Hague, Chairman of the think tank These Islands, which addresses the various challenges facing the devolved political systems in the UK upto 2021 (next devolved elections). 

A further report on the talk by Kevin can be found on is blog:

The talk was sponsored by These Islands

Photos show: Kevin Hague and David Melding AM, CBE

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The talk is supported by These Island


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