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Stands Scotland where it did? Scotland’s journey back to statehood: Joanna Cherry QC to deliver 2020 Annual Lecture

12 November 2020

Joanna Cherry

The prominent Scottish MP and Advocate Joanna Cherry QC MP will deliver the Wales Governance Centre’s 2020 Annual Lecture.

Joanna Cherry QC MP is the SNP’s Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Justice, serving as MP for Edinburgh South West since 2015 and was the lead litigant in the successful ‘Cherry’ case, in which the prorogation of Parliament in 2019 was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.

Joanna Cherry is one of the most significant voices at Westminster on constitutional developments, she will be speaking at a time when plans for a Scottish independence referendum are poised to move forward, and will address the future of the union, a topic of crucial importance for Wales.

The lecture will take place on Friday 27th November at 17:00 until 18:30, and registration is free and open to all at this link.

Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, commented:

“The Wales Governance Centre is delighted to welcome Joanna Cherry as our Annual Lecturer. Joanna's incisive contributions to parliamentary debates around Brexit brought her to prominence across the UK. She is now a key voice in the debate currently taking place within the independence movement in Scotland about how best to progress the push for independence in the face of – so far – obdurate opposition in London to a second referendum. Given the importance of developments in Scotland for Wales – and indeed, the very rapid growth in the Welsh independence movement over the past several months – her lecture is certain to generate significant interest.”

Joanna Cherry QC MP said:

“It is a great honour to be asked to deliver the Wales Governance Centre’s Annual Lecture, especially so, as this comes at a pivotal time for my party and my nation. Polling now consistently shows that people in Scotland are in favour of both holding a second referendum and for Scotland to become an independent country.”

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