Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:31

EU WITHDRAWL BILL

“Opposition parties must unite against tory power grab”:

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara has called on opposition parties to unite behind the SNP’s amendments to the EU withdrawal Bill today (Tuesday) to protect the devolution settlement from a power grab, as the UK leaves the European Union.

Brendan O’Hara said Labour and the Lib Dems must recognise and respect the recent vote in the Scottish Parliament and the views of their Scottish colleagues, who refused to give consent to the damaging Brexit legislation proposed at Westminster.

Labour amendments to former clause 11 of the bill, which would require consent of the Scottish Parliament, unless a UK Minister ‘has reasonable grounds for believing that regulations are required for the purpose of giving effect to any international obligations.’

Commenting, Mr O’Hara said: “It would be catastrophic for Scotland if Labour left the door open for the Tory Government to breach the devolution settlement.”

“Leaving Holyrood exposed to powers taken without consent in any area connected to an international trade agreement would be disastrous. This could threaten future trade deals, environmental standards and food safety.”

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

“The SNP have tabled amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to safeguard the Scottish Parliament from the threat of constraints on existing powers.”

“This is something, which Holyrood refused consent for last month by an overwhelming majority, including all parties, except the Scottish Conservatives.”

“It would simply be democratic outrage and it would fly in the face of the fundamental principles of devolution. This Conservative government seems determined to destroy the founding principles of devolution and Labour and the Lib Dems must join us in defending it.”

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