Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:18

Scottish Parliament rejects EU Withdrawal Bill

SNP MP Brendan O’Hara said the Tories are isolated over Brexit, and calls on Theresa May and her Tory party to respect the Scottish Parliament following a vote in Holyrood to refuse consent to the UK Government’s Withdrawal Bill.

Labour, the Greens and the Lib Dems joined the SNP in an overwhelming rejection of the UK Government’s currently drafted Brexit plans, voting 93 to 30 against the bill last night.

While the Scottish Government agrees in the need for UK-wide frameworks, it has described the retention of the overall control of agriculture, fisheries, food labelling and public procurement as a “power grab”.

Commenting, Brendan O’Hara said:

“The Scottish Parliament has spoken loudly and clearly, and if the UK Government wants us to believe that they value Scotland and devolution, they must respect the vote and remove the proposed power grab.”

“Any constraints placed on the existing powers of the Scottish Parliament without consent would be a democratic outrage.”

“During PMQ’s today, Theresa May failed to reassure us that she will respect the decision of the Scottish Parliament. If she does choose to ignore the vote and force through this legislation, she will be breaking the conventions of the 20 year old devolution settlement and imposing a power grab upon Scotland against our will.”

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