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UK Future: Where next?

Updated Thursday, 23rd October 2014

The Scottish referendum result - and pledges made during the campaign - added a new element to the debate about the UK, our position in Europe, and democracy. Follow the debates with OpenLearn.

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The Union Flag, with an overlaid triangle based on the 'play' button used on electronic devices Creative commons image Icon The Open University / original flag copyright free by Yaddah via Wikimedia under Creative-Commons license Should Scottish MPs vote on matters that only relate to England? Are our laws being made in the EU - and should we vote on whether we want to stay in or leave the Union? Can local democracy be energised by local mayors - or are regional assemblies the answer?

The decision by Scottish voters to stay part of the United Kingdom may have settled that specific question "for a generation" (although even that is debatable), but it gave new fuel to an already boisterous debate about the democratic structures we live under. Next year's magna carta anniversary is likely to spark new questions about constituions and rights. And that comes in an election year where many of these choices will be at the heart of the campaign.

On OpenLearn, we'll be sharing personal perspectives from Open University experts, and bringing you the best writing from all shades of opinions from the wider world - and offering context to help you make your own decisions.

 

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