The Constitution Unit


Nations & Regions


The Constitution Unit has been closely involved from the start with devolution in the UK. Two of our earliest reports in 1996 were Scotland’s Parliament: Fundamentals for a New Scotland Act, which recommended a reserved powers model for Scotland, adopted in the Scotland Act 1998; and An Assembly for Wales, which recommended primary legislative powers for the Welsh Assembly, eventually adopted in the Government of Wales Act 2006. More recent projects cover options for the design of an English Parliament and the logistics of a Northern Ireland border poll. 

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A Northern Ireland Border Poll

The Constitution Unit is planning a project to address the questions a 'border poll' in Northern Ireland would raise, with partners from both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

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Options for an English Parliament

Although the idea of establishing a parliament for England is often raised, little detailed work has ever been done on the design options for such a body. This project seeks to fill that gap.

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Democracy Matters

The Democracy Matters project ran two citizens' assemblies in Sheffield and Southampton, in autumn 2015. They considered english devolution, local governance and Britain's constitutional future.