Sunday, 10 September 2017 04:57


The SNP’s International Affairs spokesperson has called on MPs from across the Chamber to work together to challenge the minority Tory Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill, which seeks to undermine the devolution settlement.

The Withdrawal Bill as drafted contains provisions for the wholesale transfer of powers from Brussels to Whitehall and Westminster – including in devolved policy areas such as farming and fishing.

Stephen Gethins MP will speak in the House of Commons debate this week ahead of the vote where he will call on all parties to work together to stand against the Tories' extreme Brexit that was rejected at the General Election.

Commenting, Stephen Gethins MP said:

"On the 20th anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum - the day Scotland voted to reconvene the Scottish Parliament - SNP MPs in Westminster will stand against the Tories' EU Withdrawal Bill that undermines the very foundations of the devolution settlement.

"SNP MPs will work across the political divide to challenge the Withdrawal Bill and its attempts to centralise power in London over issues that are already devolved to the Scottish Parliament, including agriculture and fishing.

""Re-reserving powers" coming from Brussels is the Tories' polite language for a power grab.

"If the new Scottish Labour MPs could persuade their colleagues to get behind the SNP and deny the EU Withdrawal Bill a second reading - something that the Westminster group have hinted at - they would find allies across the Chamber. Scotland’s 13 Tories, whose leader backed the single market last year, would then be all that was needed for a majority. That would provide a soft landing and give businesses and the rest of us the certainty needed.

"The Tories' extreme Brexit was rejected in the General Election and Scottish MPs this week have a crucial role to play in standing up for our economy and defending our Parliament."

Stephen Gethins MP’s piece in today’s Observer

SNP Reasoned Amendment: That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill because it contains no commitment to the transfer of devolved competencies coming back from the European Union to the devolved administrations; fails to provide for a unilateral guarantee on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and is not accompanied by any economic analysis by the Government of the full implications of withdrawal from the single market.

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