Session I
The Putney Debates 2018 - A Federal UK? The Pros and Cons

The Putney Debates 2018 were held on 2 February 2018 at St Mary's Church, Putney, to address the UK's constitutional future in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.​ 


Session I: A Federal United Kingdom? The Pros and Cons

Denis GalliganOxford Socio-Legal Professor and Putney Debates convenor, Chairs the Debates

Margaret Kelly, Former Cabinet public servant and Lecturer in Law, Sydney, sets out the opening arguments for and against a federal system

Michael DouganProminent Brexit critic and expert in European Law, Liverpool, discusses the UK internal market and its far-reaching implications for constitutional relations across the constituent nations of the UK

Sionaidh Douglas-ScottHuman Rights expert, Queen Mary University, on the rights of Scottish citizens with respect to the referendum result and the case for greater devolved powers

Richard ClaryPartner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, offers insights into the legal and political implications of a federalist model from across the pond

Catherine BarnardCambridge expert in European Law, on the European model of federalism