Holyrood Rejects Tory Power Grab

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday May 15 2018

The UK Government must respect Holyrood’s decision.

The Scottish Parliament has refused to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill – and the UK government must now respect Parliament's decision and remove the proposed power grab from the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Labour, the Greens and the Lib Dems joined the SNP in an overwhelming rejection of the Withdrawal Bill as currently drafted leaving the Tories isolated.

The rejection of the withdrawal bill by the Scottish Parliament means the UK Government must now act to remove Clause 11 from the bill or make further changes to secure Holyrood’s consent before the EU Withdrawal Bill is passed by the commons.

If the UK Government don’t take steps to fix the bill the Tories will be breaking the conventions that have governed nearly 20 years of devolution and will confirm that they cannot be trusted to respect the Scottish Parliament that people across Scotland voted for.

Commenting, SNP MSP Ash Denham said:

“The Tories think they can do whatever they like to Scotland and get away with it.

“If the Tories want us to believe that they value devolution, and that they respect the Scottish Parliament then they must act to remove Clause 11 from this bill, before the final vote in the Commons.

“Any constraints placed on Holyrood’s existing powers without Holyrood’s consent would be a democratic outrage – and it would fly in the face of the fundamental principles of devolution. 

“It would be even more outrageous if having seen Holyrood specifically refuse consent to this bill, the Tories imposed it on Scotland against our will.

“The Scottish Parliament has spoken loudly and clearly – it’s now up to the UK government to respect that vote and ditch their power grab.”



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