The case for UK decentralisation – is a federal Britain the answer?

A seminar for civic society
27th April 2016, 17.30 – 19.30

“The case for UK decentralisation – is a
federal Britain the answer?”


 Keynote speaker:  Prof Philip Booth
Editorial and Programme Director, The Institute of Economic Affairs


Practical politics and federal governance
Dr Alan Convery
School of Social and Political Science

University of Edinburgh


The English Problem – can it be resolved?

Daniel Greenberg
Parliamentary Counsel, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Steering Group, Constitution Reform Group


Scotland, pride and culture in a federal state

David Torrance
Biographer or Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon
Historian and journalist.


The Signet Library, High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
27th April 2016, 17.30 – 19.00
Followed by a short drinks reception.
Doors open for tea and coffee at 5pm


Presented by:  The Institute of Economic Affairs
in association with TaxpayerScotland


Registration / RSVP
[email protected]
Numbers are limited so notice of your attendance would be appreciated  


Keynote speaker: Prof Philip Booth, Academic and Research Director, Institute of Economic Affairs

Philip will be speaking about his recent IEA monograph, Federal Britain, which argued:

  • The UK should develop a federal structure of government with very limited responsibilities being held by the UK government.
  • All other functions should be the responsibility of a Scottish and a “Rest of UK” – or separate English, Welsh and Northern Irish – parliament
  • There should also be a significant decentralisation of regulation, tax raising and spending responsibilities to local government within nations.
  • Such moves could raise GDP per capita by 6%
April 27, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
Richard Kerley
Centre for Scottish Public Policy
c/o Digby Brown LLP
160 Causewayside
Causewayside House
Edinburgh EH9 1PR
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