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A Pop-Up Mediation Evening Brexit: A Constitutional Crisis?

A Pop-Up Mediation Evening Brexit: A Constitutional Crisis?
Introduced by: Oliver Escobar # School of Social and Political Science
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Date and Time
28th Mar 2017 18:00 - 28th Mar 2017 21:30
Grassmarket Centre, Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh

The UK and Scottish Governments – and other devolved administrations – seem to be at loggerheads over how to deal with Brexit – how might a mediation approach deal with the problem?

During the Referendum on possible Scottish Independence, Collaborative Scotland and Core Solutions hosted a number of events to illustrate how a different approach could be taken to difficult constitutional problems. These events were a success in opening up new possibilities, not just in process terms but in outcomes.

Reprising these occasions from 2014, in this event we will be joined by the University of Edinburgh as we invite participants to play roles for one of the many stakeholders: the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the Welsh administration, the Northern Ireland government, the Republic of Ireland, the EU, the USA, regions of England, Orkney and Shetland, other European nations – and perhaps others.

We will ask these questions:

  • How can we explore the real interests and needs of the various stakeholders?
  • What happens when we have apparently opposing views?
  • How can we model respectful negotiation even if our objectives are different?
  • What other options might there be?
  • What are we missing?
  • How can a mediator or facilitator help with answering these questions?
  • What kind of process might work well?

Facilitated by Core mediators, John Sturrock and Charlie Woods, with commentary from Oliver Escobar of co-sponsors, the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, we will mix discussion and learning on the process with interactive simulation.

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