Constitutional change and territorial consent: The Miller Case and the Sewel Convention

Aileen McHarg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1442 Downloads (Pure)


The United Kingdom that voted in 1975 on whether to remain in what was then the European Economic Community was a unitary state with a single legislature and single source of sovereign authority. Direct rule had recently been restored in Northern Ireland, and its devolved Parliament abolished; 1 devolution to Scotland and Wal es was under discussion, but no firm proposals were yet being considered. The referendum vote was counted on a territorial basis, and there was concern about the political implications of a territorially - divided result, particularly in the context of rising Scottish nationalism. But it would have been difficult to argue that territorial difference — which in the event never materialised — was constitutionally relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe UK Constitution after Miller
Subtitle of host publicationBrexit and Beyond
EditorsMark Elliott, Jack Williams, Alison Young
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2018


  • Brexit
  • European law
  • constitutional change
  • European Union
  • EU
  • UK Government
  • devolved administrations


Dive into the research topics of 'Constitutional change and territorial consent: The Miller Case and the Sewel Convention'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this