The Constitution Unit


Alan Whysall


Honorary Senior Research Associate Email: awhysall@gmail.coma.whysall@ucl.ac.uk

Alan Whysall has for most of the last 20 years been involved with the Northern Ireland peace process as a senior British civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office (with spells in the Cabinet Office in London). He left British Government in summer 2015 and is now Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Constitution Unit at University College London.


Blogs by Alan Whysall 

Following the general election, where now for Northern Ireland?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The general election result has done little to halt the steady unravelling of the political situation in Northern Ireland, and may accelerate it. In this post Alan Whysall discusses the implications of the confidence and supply agreement between the Conservatives and DUP, expected to be agreed in the coming days, and what might happen next. […]

Following Monday’s deadline, the future of devolved government in Northern Ireland remains uncertain

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The legal deadline for forming a new Northern Ireland Executive has passed without agreement between the parties. This could have important political and legal consequences, including the return of ‘direct rule’. For the time being, however, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has decided to give the negotiations more time. In this addendum to […]

Following the break down of talks in Northern Ireland, what now?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Northern Ireland’s political parties have failed to reach an agreement that would allow a new power-sharing Executive to be formed by today’s deadline. This will have important legal and political consequences, possibly including the re-introduction of ‘direct rule’ from Westminster. These issues are looked at here by Alan Whysall. Political negotiations have been going on since […]

Northern Ireland after the election

Friday, 27 January 2017

The Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2 March is likely to be followed by a difficult political negotiation. Alan Whysall argues that it must not be mere political sticking plaster. There is no real alternative to the basic architecture of the institutions, but there are fundamental issues to be dealt with about the way they […]

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