State of the UK Union – A look ahead to the 2021 local and devolved elections

In May this year – pandemic permitting – voters in England, Scotland and Wales will cast their ballots in a series of local, regional and devolved electoral contests which will tell us much about the health of the ongoing union between the four nations of the United Kingdom. There is a strong case for saying that these elections could be at least as significant to the future of the UK as any recent General Election.

This paper provides an in-depth preview and analysis of this year’s elections, looking in turn at Scotland, Wales and England, as well as giving an advanced preview of the state of play in Northern Ireland, where voters do not go to the polls until next year. There too, questions abound about the future of the Union, with evidence of rising support for a referendum on Irish reunification in the coming years.

Click here or scroll below to read Cicero/AMO’s overview.

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