James Mitchell

James Mitchell

Speaker: James Mitchell, FAcSS, FRSE, Professor of Public Policy, School of Social and Political Science and Director, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6 PM.
Place: Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

Title: Brexit and Scottish Independence: How the Vote to Leave the EU Will Shape Scotland's Future

Sponsoring department: Political Science


In 2014, the Scottish people elected to retain their more than 300 year political union with England. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, Scotland voted decisively to remain in the EU, while a UK-wide majority voted to leave. In this talk, Mitchell will discuss the consequences of Brexit for the United Kingdom, and in particular, Scotland. Of special interest is the effect of the split result on existing devolved arrangements not only in Scotland, but in Wales and Northern Ireland. Finally, Mitchell will discuss whether the vote to leave the European Union will embolden the Scottish Government to pursue yet another independence referendum in the near-term and the consequence of the recent Conservative revival for Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2021.

About the speaker:

James Mitchell is an expert on Scottish and British politics, having given evidence to various Parliamentary Committees in Westminster, Holyrood and Stormont on devolved government, constitutional politics and policy. He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University, and has written extensively on the rise of the Scottish National Party, Scotland's constitutional status and Scottish national identity. He is a co-investigator on the ESRC's Scottish Referendum Study, which explores the how and why Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom. His most recent article "Brexit and Scotland," published in the British Journal of Political and International Relations, examines the consequences for the leave vote on Scotland's future prospects for independence.