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(p. 138) 7. The structure of the United Kingdom and devolution 

(p. 138) 7. The structure of the United Kingdom and devolution
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(p. 138) 7. The structure of the United Kingdom and devolution
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Neil Parpworth

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10.1093/he/9780198810704.003.0007
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date: 23 August 2019

This chapter discusses the structure and devolution of the UK. It first sketches the constitutional history of the UK, presenting a brief outline of events that led to the creation of the UK, i.e. the union of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The chapter then examines the issue of devolution, which has been particularly important to the people of Scotland and Wales. The key provisions of the devolution legislation enacted in 1998 and more recent legislative developments are reviewed. The chapter concludes by considering the ‘English Question’ and the agreements between the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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